We are now celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Grand Central Food Program, launched the day after a homeless woman died of starvation in Grand Central Terminal. The program is now the largest nightly mobile soup kitchen in New York, and has never missed a single night of operation.
To commemorate three decades of unfailing service to our city’s most vulnerable men, women and children, the Coalition is running a special GCFP30 Campaign to honor the staff, the volunteers and the tens of thousands of homeless people we serve on the streets of the city.
Our goal is to raise $300,000 by June 30th to ensure that we can keep this vital program going. Like you, we believe no one should have to go to sleep hungry and homeless on the streets of NYC.
There are so many easy ways you can help!
• Click the SUPPORT tab above to learn how to join our peer-to-peer Crowdrise Campaign;
• Become a CORPORATE SPONSOR of one of our vans;
• Or simply make a GIFT to the program.
And don’t forget to take a minute to explore this GCFP30 site and read the inspiring stories of our volunteers and the people we serve each night.
The Grand Central Food Program, launched 30 years ago the night after a homeless woman died of starvation in Grand Central Terminal, is New York’s largest nightly mobile soup kitchen. Every single night of the year, our three vans – manned by our loyal volunteers – hand out roughly 1,000 nutritious meals consisting of hot stew, fresh fruit, bread and milk to those living rough on the street of the city. During the cold winter months we also hand out blankets, coats, hats and other emergency items when available.
In three decades we have never missed a single night of operation: Not during January’s brutal blizzard. Not during Hurricane Sandy. Never. We have distributed more than six million meals in our history, and have brought countless homeless people in out of the cold. We save lives – and bring hope and a way off the streets for the most fragile and marginalized New Yorkers.
The program is staffed almost entirely by volunteers who drive the vans and hand out the food each night, many of whom have been with us for years. Click here to learn more about the program or find out how to volunteer, and here to support out GCFP30 Campaign.
Facts About the Grand Central Food Program
• The GCFP operates 365 days a year
• We hand out around 1,000 meals each night, as well as blankets, hats and
coats during the winter.
• Meals include hot stew, fresh fruit, bread and juice or milk
• Food is distributed between 5:30pm – 10pm at two dozen sites around the city
• The program is staffed mainly by volunteers
• We are the largest nightly mobile soup kitchen in New York
• We have never missed a night in 30 years
• The GCFP has handed out more than 6 million meals to date.
• The program relies on private donations to keep going year after year
Dino shares his journey from client to volunteer and why he loves serving food at GCFP....Read more
She lost her battle with life, but in her honor, I attempt to go out in the vans and save a life — one soup at a time.
Alberto shares his story of homelessness and how GCFP and the Coalition were there for him in his time of need....Read more
I come from humble beginnings and I am truly passionate about being the change I wish to see....Read more
Be respectful and never forget that anyone could become homeless. ...Read more
Sarah shares her thoughts on community and why she loves being a volunteering at GCFP....Read more
Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP
Hall Capital Partners Fund
Judith C. White Foundation
National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Platinum Underwriters Reinsurance Co.
Hear more about Corporate Sponsorships from long time GCFP supporter, Greg Burke of Lane Office:
Click HERE to learn more about becoming a corporate sponsor.
THE GOAL OF THE GCFP 30 CAMPAIGN IS TO RAISE $300,000 TO KEEP THIS VITAL PROGRAM GOING STRONG.
Thousands of homeless men, women and children rely on us for what is often their only meal of the day. But we need your help to make sure we can buy enough nutritious meals for all who need us.
There are three ways to help:
Click HERE to help support the GRAND CENTRAL FOOD PROGRAM.
Every dollar helps!
2) Raise Money With Friends:
We’re running a campaign on Crowdrise where you can recruit your friends and family to help feed our homeless neighbors.
Click HERE to learn more.
3) Become a Corporate Sponsor:
Sponsor a van for one month to deliver 10,000 lifesaving meals to needy New Yorkers.
The Grand Central Food Program (GCFP) was founded in 1985 the day after a homeless woman died of starvation in Grand Central Terminal. Since then, the program has grown to become the largest nightly mobile soup kitchen in New York.
We are now celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the GCFP with a SPECIAL GCFP30 CAMPAIGN and new exciting features – including testimonials from both volunteers and the people we serve, a special Crowdrise campaign, and new opportunities for corporate sponsors to support this extraordinary program.