The COVID-19 pandemic created significant challenges for New York families, restaurants, farmers, and food donation and distribution systems. Building on the successful Nourish New York initiative, the Restaurant Resiliency Program set aside $25 million to provide grants to restaurants that offer meals and other food-related items to New Yorkers within distressed or underrepresented communities. The list of Restaurant Resiliency Program Awards is available below. The Restaurant Resiliency Program partnered with New York's network of food banks and emergency food providers to purchase prepared meals from New York restaurants and delivered them to families in need.
The Restaurant Resiliency Program provided New York's regional food banks with the funding to source meals from qualified restaurants that were delivered to emergency feeding programs associated with the food bank's network of providers, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. Emergency food providers worked directly with restaurants deemed eligible for the program by the Department to create an agreement plan to suit their locations and participants' needs. Restaurants needed to show the capacity to develop meals aligning with MyPlate.gov standards, be up-to-date with licensing requirements, and have passed health inspections. Participating restaurants were encouraged to use New York ingredients to support New York's farmers.
From October 2, 2021, through March 31, 2022, the program distributed over one million meals to people in need across the state, partnering with 279 restaurants. Most of these meals were provided during the holiday season, an especially difficult time for the food insecure.
Contact the Restaurant Resiliency Program
For information regarding the use of SNAP benefits at restaurants, please contact the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) Food and Anti-Hunger Policy Coordinator, Susan Zimet, at [email protected].
For information regarding the Restaurant Resiliency program, please use the contact information below.