The Coalition for the Homeless' 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, our 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 us 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.
With homelessness at record levels and thousands more New Yorkers struggling to get by, the need has never been greater for this lifesaving program. Please help us continue to be there for the men, women and children who depend on us! My goal is to raise $3,000, which will provide 1,500 nourishing meals to New Yorkers in need.