The city’s Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity announces new food access programs in neighborhoods that have suffered disproportionately during the COVID-19 pandemic. New Yorkers in communities of color will have easier access to nutritious, high-quality foods with meal deliveries, online grocery shopping and more.

The Taskforce works to ensure that COVID-19 response and recovery efforts are tailored to meet the specific needs of New Yorkers in communities of color. City agencies conducted a survey with community members and this feedback helped to inform the issue areas of the Taskforce’s work.

The city will reduce operational requirements for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) from 6 months to 4 months to allow more food pantries and soup kitchens in high-need communities to participate and expedite emergency distribution to additional locations. This will enable an additional 100 to 200 food pantries and soup kitchens in the hardest-hit neighborhoods to enroll.