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grand central food program

by coalition for the homeless


grand central food program

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 mobile soup kitchen in New York.

Each night, three vans deliver healthy meals of hot stew, bread, fresh fruit, and juice or milk — as well as coats, hats, gloves and blankets in the colder weather — to those struggling to survive rough on the streets at 23 stops around the city. For many homeless New Yorkers, this is their only meal of the day.

In its 30 year history, the program has distributed more than six million meals and has never missed a single night of operation —  allowing Coalition for the Homeless to build an invaluable level of trust among some of the hardest to reach and most marginalized of our homeless neighbors. The GCFP team, which includes a Mobile Outreach Worker, uses that trust to connect those on the streets with other life-changing services such as psychiatric treatment, medical care, substance abuse treatment, or shelter and vital benefits offered by the Coalition and partner organizations.

visit coalition for the homelessness to learn more about the organisation and its programs and to support them directly.