Saint John's Bread of Life

Wednesdays, 12 to 2:30 p.m.
Saint John the Baptist Church Hall

Saint John Bread of Life Food Pantry provides for the physical needs of our poorest neighbors who live in midtown Manhattan between 14th and 59th Streets, from river to river. In addition to groceries, we provide free services through partnerships with local businesses and public authorities, such as flu shots, SNAP application interviews, and clinics on senior citizen benefits.

Saint John Bread of Life Food Pantry distributes food to those in need every Wednesday between the hours of 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Saint John the Baptist in the church hall on 213 West 30th Street. The pantry serves hundreds of people weekly, with a large number being children. Many of our clients come from Spanish-speaking and Chinese-speaking immigrant households of three or more members. 

Everyone who wishes to receive food must be registered. Registration occurs during the hours of distribution only. You must bring identification, social benefits card(s), and proof of residence for all the members of your household.

The economic downturn of 2008 drastically affected our ability to properly serve our neighbors, and we find ourselves in urgent need of assistance. We thank you ahead of time for any financial contribution you can make. 

We also accept non-perishable food items. We ask that you inspect all donated food items for expiration dates and canned goods for dents or rust. The safety of our neighbors is a priority. 

To bakeries and grocers and local farms: we would be grateful for your donations of fresh produce (fruit and vegetables) and healthy breads and baked goods (bagels, rolls, muffins, etc., especially wheat and whole grain). 

Please make checks payable to Saint John Bread of Life Food Pantry, 213 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001. 

You may drop off food and monetary donations at the parish office from Monday to Saturday during business hours.