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Beyond Hunger Emergency Food Pantry

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P.S. 217 students volunteering at CAMBA's food pantry in 2014

2241 Church Avenue, 3rd floor, Brooklyn, NY 11226
T: (718) 282-3082

Program Summary: ​CAMBA’s emergency food pantry operates on a client-choice/supermarket-style system, where clients choose individual food items rather than receiving pre-packed bags, as they would at traditional pantries.

The pantry distributes a three-day supply of nutritional food. This is critical for many of our clients who are unable to maintain a healthy diet, including the elderly and those at or below the poverty level. Clients include current CAMBA clients, those referred by other agencies and organizations and people who self-refer.

The pantry also provides:​

  • Public benefit screening and assistance with applications
  • Nutritional education
  • Information and referrals to money management, social service programs and healthcare providers

Since 2013, CAMBA has operated a hydroponic farm, which provides clients with fresh vegetables grown inside the pantry. Clients also receive vegetables and fruits from nearby farms in NY State.

  • Eligibility: Individuals and families who need emergency food. Must bring photo ID
  • Clients Served Monthly: 4,300/ mo
  • Referrals Accepted: Yes

This program is funded by NYS Department of Health, Food Bank of NYC Tiered Engagement Network; United Way of NYC, NYC Human Resources Administration, City Harvest and private donors.

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The pantry's hydroponic farm.