A Guide to Free Food and Assistance Long Island City/Astoria Nomatterwhatyoursituation, you can get nutritious food. Read more to find out about: Food Stamps • WIC•Summer/School Meals Senior Meals•Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries Specialty Services (Shelters, Health Care, etc.) Food Stamps A Food Stamps card can make you and your family stronger with nutritious food. Even if you are a working immigrant, there is a good chance you are eligible. What should I know about Food Stamps? • You can get food stamps even if you are working, but earning low wages. • Average food stamp benefits are over $100 per person per month, and $200 or more for families (varies with income). That means that the average family receives more than $2,400 worth of food per year! • Food Stamps do not adversely affect immigration status. • Food Stamps can be used at farmers’ markets. 2 NYCCAH Street Sheet | Long Island City/Astoria Whataretheincomequalifications for Food Stamps? Households have to meet income tests to receive food stamps. Most households that have income over the amounts listed below cannot get food stamps. People in Gross monthly* Maximum household income limits Benefit Amts. 1 $1,127 $176 2 $1,517 $323 3 $1,907 $463 4 $2,297 $588 Each additional person + $390 ≈+ approx. $117 *Householdswithanelderly(age60orolder)ordisabledindividual are not subject to the gross income test. If you meet the above income qualifications, it no longer matters how much money you may or may not have in countable resources. In other words, you can now save money for education, a home purchase, retirement, or other purposes and still receive food stamps. Which type of legal immigrants are eligible for food stamps? Legal immigrants can often receive food stamps if they: • Have lived in the country for 5 years; or • Are receiving disability-related assistance or benefits, regardless of entry date; or • Are children regardless of entry date. NYCCAH Street Sheet | Long Island City/Astoria 3 Certain non-citizens such as those admitted for humanitarian reasons and those admitted for permanent residence are also eligible for the program. Eligible household members can get food stamps even if there are other members of the household that are not eligible. How do I apply for Food Stamps? 1. Call one of these numbers: • Call Sunnyside Community Services at 718.784.6173 x414, 442, 443 to find out if you’re eligible and for help with scheduling an appointment. • Call 800.342.3009 to find the Food Stamp office nearest you. • Call HRA Infoline 877.472.8411 for qualifications, guidelines and applications. • Call FoodChange 212.894.8060 for detailed information, for pre-screening, or for help with the process. 2. Visit your area food stamp office: Food Stamp Office – Flushing 32-20 Northern Blvd, 4th Floor 718.784.6123, or 6315 For Zip Codes: 11001, 11004, 11005, 11096, 11101-11106, 11109, 11120, 11351, 11352, 11354, 11375, 11377-11381, 11385, 11386, 11390 4 NYCCAH Street Sheet | Long Island City/Astoria 3. Apply at select food pantries and soup kitchens. If all adults in your household are: • Over the age of 60; or • Receive SSI or SSD; or • You or someone in your household works 20 or more hours per week • And you live in one of the following zip codes of Queens: 11001, 11004, 11005, 11096, 11101–11106, 11109, 11120, 11351, 11352, 11354–11375, 11377– 11381, 11385, 11386, 11390 First Call Sunnyside Community Services at 718.784.6173 x414, 442, 443 for a phone interview to determine if you qualify for Food Stamps. If eligible, you’ll be offered an interview at East River Development Alliance (ERDA)* in Long Island City, where you’ll receive help in submitting your application by computer.You may not need to visit a food stamps office in person! *This site is listed on the map as the “POS” office. NYCCAH Street Sheet | Long Island City/Astoria 5 WIC,Schooland Summer Meals If you are pregnant or have children, you can get help for yourself and for your baby from the WIC program. Your children can get free meals in school and after school, as well as during the summer, through the School and Summer Meals programs. WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) Healthy food and formula for mothers and children— including immigrants. What should I know about WIC? • WIC is for low-income pregnant women, breast-feeding women, and children up to age five. • You can work and still get WIC. • You can continue to get welfare or food stamps while receiving WIC. • Immigrants can get WIC—even if undocumented or not a citizen! 6 NYCCAH Street Sheet | Long Island City/Astoria How do I apply for WIC? 1. Call 800.522.5006 for the WIC office nearest you. 2. Visit your area WIC office: MHRA - 23rd Street WIC Program 21-34 Broadway 718.626.2512 Mon-Fri: 9 AM–4:30 PM School/Summer Meals and After-School Programs Healthy food for every child and teenager in the city, including immigrants. What should I know about School/Summer Meals? • During the school year, lunch and breakfast are served in every public school in New York City. Free breakfasts are available to all children regardless of income with no paperwork required. • In June, July and August, breakfast and lunch are served for free to all children under 19 at many public schools, houses of worship, recreation centers, and community centers. For sites near you call 311. NYCCAH Street Sheet | Long Island City/Astoria 7 Senior Meals Food with dignity for older New Yorkers. What should I know about Senior Meals? • Senior centers often offer older people meals for a small contribution (50 cents to a dollar). The contribution is voluntary—you are not required to pay. • If you are homebound and cannot cook, senior centers can provide home-delivered meals (Meals on Wheels) up to seven days a week. • For more information about senior meals, call senior centers in your community. For centers near you, call 311. Be prepared to give your zip code. 8 NYCCAH Street Sheet | Long Island City/Astoria Soup Kitchens To find agencies closest to you with free prepared meals call the Hunger Hotline at 866.888.8777. Call first to confirm schedule. Food Pantries Free groceries in your neighborhood. Some agencies may require a referral; call HRA Hunger Hotline at 866.888.8777 to learn more or visit one of the agencies below at the specific days and times. Call first to confirm schedule. ACQC Food Pantry 44-61 A 11th St. 718.752.1590 ID required for first visit Mon-Fri: 10 AM–4 PM Betel of America Food Pantry 26-02 4th St. 718.204.2813 ID preferred Sat: 11 AM–12 PM NYCCAH Street Sheet | Long Island City/Astoria 9 Center of Hope International Bread of Life Food Pantry 38-49 12th St. 718.784.HOPE or 718.784.4673 ID preferred Tues, Wed, Thurs: 12 PM–3 PM Goodwill Feeding Program 4-21 27th Ave., Apt. 4 N 718.932.4200 Mon & Fri: 4 PM–6 PM Hour Children Food Pantry 36-41 11th St. 718.482.8226 Mon: 2 PM–6 PM, Thurs: 4 PM-7 PM NY School of Urban Ministry Food Pantry 31-65 46th St. 718.204.6471 x 302 Fri: 10 AM–11 AM - Please bring ID; if picking up for another person, must bring their ID Queens North Family Center Food Pantry 23-40 Astoria Blvd. 718.726.9790 Mon–Fri: 9 AM–5 PM Open to clients by appointment only. In emergency cases recipients will receive food if they meet specific eligibility requirements 10 NYCCAH Street Sheet | Long Island City/Astoria St. Margaret Mary Church Food Pantry 9-18 27th Ave. 718.721.9020 Tues & Wed: 11 AM, Regular Families Thurs: 11 AM, Senior Citizens Call for an appointment St Rafael RC Church Food Pantry 35-20 Greenpoint Ave. 718.729.8957 Thurs: 10:30 AM–12 PM, Sat: 1:30 PM–3 PM Steinway Child & Family Services 22-15 43rd Ave. 718.389.5100 Fri: 10 AM–1 PM NYCCAH Street Sheet | Long Island City/Astoria 11 Map of Free Food Sources 1 2 3 4 17 5 6 7 8 9 12 11 10 1 16 12 NYCCAH Street Sheet | Long Island City/Astoria 1 BetelofAmericaFoodPantry 2 GoodwillFeedingProgram 3 St.MargaretMaryChurch Food Pantry 4 QueensNorthFamilyCenter Food Pantry 5 People’sUnitedMethodist Church Food Pantry 6 WIC Office 7 HourChildrenFoodPantry 8 CenterofHopeInternational Bread of Life Food Pantry 9 POS Office* 10 ACQC Food Pantry 11 Steinway Child & Family Services Food Pantry 12 Food Stamp Office – Long Island City/Astoria* 13 Salvation Army Astoria 13 14 Food Pantry 14 New York School of UrbanMinistryFoodPantry 15 St. Rafael R C Church Food Pantry 16 LIC Greenmarket 17 Astoria Greenmarket 18 Sunnyside Greenmarket *Call first to get an appointment. 18 15 NYCCAH Street Sheet | Long Island City/Astoria 13 Greenmarkets Fresh produce sold in your neighborhood LIC Greenmarket 48 Ave. & Vernon Blvd. 212.778.7476 Sun: 8 AM-3 PM, July 12-Nov 22 Accepts WIC, will accept EBT after July 1 Astoria Greenmarket 14 St & 31 Ave. 212.778.7476 Wed: 8 AM-5 PM, July 2-Nov 26 Accepts WIC, will accept EBT after July 1 Sunnyside Greenmarket Skillman Ave. & 43rd St. 212.778.7476 Saturdays 8 AM-3 PM, April 5-Dec 20 Accepts WIC, will accept EBT after July 1 14 NYCCAH Street Sheet | Long Island City/Astoria Specialty Services Shelters, housing help, etc. Astoria Blue Feather Headstart Program 27-07 8th St. 718.721.3960 Mon–Fri: 8 AM–4 PM Astoria Community Center 4-05 Astoria Blvd 718.721.0289 Mon-Fri: 9:30 AM–5 PM Senior Citizen Program 2 PM–7 PM Children aged 6 to 12 7 PM–10 PM Teenagers East River Development Alliance 12-11 40th Ave 718.784.0877 Mon–Fri: 9 AM–5 PM The Floating Hospital 41-140 27th St. 718.784.2240 Mon–Fri: 9 AM–5 PM Call for an appointment NYCCAH Street Sheet | Long Island City/Astoria 15 Medical Care Junction Blvd Health center 34-33 Junction Blvd. 11372 718.334.6150 16 NYCCAH Street Sheet | Long Island City/Astoria Notes: NYCCAH Street Sheet | Long Island City/Astoria 17 Emergency Numbers Police/Fire/Ambulance: 9-1-1 Emergency Shelter: 3-1-1 AIDS Hotline: 718.452.8682 AIDS Hotline (Spanish): 800.233.7432 Alcoholics Anonymous: 212.647.1680 Battered Women Hotline: 718.499.2151 Child Abuse Hotline: 800.342.3720 Crime Victim Hotline: 212.577.7777 Domestic Violence Hotline: 800.621.4673 GamblersAnonymousHotline:877.664.2469 Homeless Hotline: 800.994.6494 Immigration Hotline: 212.419.3737 Narcotics Anonymous: 212.929.6262 Poison Control: 800.222.1222 Rape Hotline: 212.621.4000 Runaway Hotline: 800.RUN.AWAY Suicide Hotline: 800.273.8255 Teen Hotline: 800.999.9999 18 NYCCAH Street Sheet | Long Island City/Astoria For updates to the information providedinthisbooklet,visitour website at: www.nyccah.org andclickonFreeFood/Assistance Thisinformation produced by: Tolearnmoreabouthow low-incomeNewYorkers canobtainfoodandhow you can help, contact: 16 Beaver St., 3rd Floor New York, NY 10004 212.825.0028 www.nyccah.org This information paid for under a grant provided by the New York City Council and administered by the NewYork City Human Resources Administration. See which of these services* are available to you Undocumented withoutchildren with children immigrants immigrants Homeless citizens people People People Senior Food stamp Legal benefits on a food card WICpackages School breakfasts Schoollunches Summermeals for children Meals at soupkitchens Groceries at food pantries Meals at seniorcenters Mealsdelivered to your home *IndividualscanseeiftheyareeligiblefortheseandotherFoodandNutrition Programs on the internet at www.nyc.gov.
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