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Food Pantry Assistance Volunteers - UJC East Side

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United Jewish Council of the East Side, Inc.

  • 15 people are interested

Give a helping hand to the Lower East Side community!

The United Jewish Council of the East Side (UJCES) works to support the Lower East Side and wider NYC community through a wide range of human services and community development programs. While the majority of programs are oriented to the needs of seniors, UJCES also operates programs for families and children. UJCES volunteers are essential to our mission as we serve the community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, UJCES continues to support New Yorkers with vital services including food programs, as the need for food assistance has grown exponentially.


Food Pantry Assistance volunteers support staff at UJCES's food pantries. One of our food pantries is located in the Orenstein Building on Willett St./Bialystoker Pl., and the other pantry is at the Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D.

As a volunteer, you will assist with:

  • Unloading new food supplies from a truck
  • Sorting and stocking shelves
  • Packing grocery items for client pick-up.

Tasks include bending and lifting heavy materials. No experience is necessary, and training is provided on site. UJCES practices recommended social distancing and safety protocols related to COVID-19.

You can join compassionate people in supplying nutritious food to the New York City community.


Food pantry assistance is often needed on Wednesdays, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., but additional support on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays will be considered.


Join the UJCES team! You can sign up on your own, or with a group of friends, family, or coworkers (group of 4 maximum). Please complete an online application form at ujceastside.org/volunteer-nyc. You must be 14+ years old to volunteer, and groups of volunteers 14-17 years old must be accompanied by adult parent(s) or guardian(s).

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About United Jewish Council of the East Side, Inc.


465 Grand Street, Floor 4, New York, NY 10002, US

Mission Statement

UJC services as a coordinating body of neighborhood, secular, civic and fraternal organizations. Formed in 1971 by neighborhood leaders and residents, the UJC works to preserve and stabilize the Lower East Side of Manhattan community through the provision of a wide range of human services and community development programs. While the majority or programs are oriented to the needs of the elderly, UJC also operates a wide range of programs for families and children.


With families fraying, spread out, or non-existent, a substantial portion of long-time residents of the Lower East Side doesn’t have family they can count on for the help they need.

UJC fills that gap with services such as home health care aides, food assistance programs, social services, and senior centers.



We'll work with your schedule.


UJCES Food Pantries15-17 Willett Street/Bialystoker PlaceOR Lillian Wald Houses at 12 Avenue DNew York, NY 10002




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  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteers can spend one shift or many years in service to the community.
  • You must be 14+ years old to volunteer

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