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Hello and thank you for your interest!

We are currently delivering food pantry bags to 1,000+ low income and senior households in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. We deliver on Tuesdays ONLY starting from 8:30 am - 4pm. We meet at 64-66 Essex starting from 8:30am to assign addresses and send volunteers off with wagons filled with bags of pantry essentials! If you are unable to make it for 8:30am, please send us an email and we can work out a different time slot.

Participants will often work in teams, and all proper protective gear is provided such as masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. Language skills are not required but have been found to make more successful deliveries to our large Spanish and Chinese speaking client population. Please send us a message at Pantry@visionurbana.org if you have any questions, and we look forward to having you join our team!

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Mission Statement

Vision Urbana, Inc., operates a range of programs that help hundreds of low-income and economically distressed seniors, families and at-risk youth annually in the Lower East Side. These programs address issues of youth violence, poor educational attainment, lack of employment, health disparities and mental health, and the need for social and recreational activities, as well as mentorship, parent/family counseling, and youth leadership development. Since the 2020 Covid- 19 pandemic, our food pantry has grown to be the largest function of the organization and we currently need help packing and making the 800+ deliveries every week. Since March 2020 we have delivered over 150,000+ pounds of food to over 1,000+ residents on a weekly basis!


The VU Food Pantry was established in April of 2018 in partnership with the Foodbank for NYC, Unitedway of NYC, Driscoll Whole Foods and Plentifulapp to meet the need of food security within the NYCHA Seward Park Extension development and surrounding low income communities near the Essex Street Crossing. As COVID-19 impacted thousands of residents on the Lower East Side, there are now more residents experiencing food insecurity, reduced benefits and unemployment as a result of this disaster. Vision Urbana has responded to this crisis by adapting our existing Client Choice Model to a new home delivery food pantry model that is providing nearly three times as many households every week with food security up to 4 days and to more NYCHA Developments, Section 8 subsidized buildings and Senior 202 housing residents within the 10002, 10009, 10038 area. The transition during this time is in partnership with the Foodbank for NYC, Unitedway of NYC, Driscoll Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Plentifulapp, the Henry Street Settlement, New York Cares, LES READY and our neighborhood Tenant Association Leaders & volunteers.



We'll work with your schedule.


64-66 Essex StreetNew York, NY 10002



  • Cantonese / Mandarin
  • English
  • Spanish
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving


  • Kids
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • We prefer if people can give us 3-4 hours of their time, but appreciate any help one can offer.
  • Volunteers must sign a consent and waiver located here: https://forms.gle/x3mBgVWGXNqY1sRj8

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