West Side Campaign Against Hunger changes our perception of hungry people by working in partnership with them, providing food with dignity, and empowering customers to find solutions.
West Side Campaign Against Hunger alleviates hunger by ensuring that all New Yorkers have access with dignity to a choice of healthy food and supportive services.
Respect for our customers is central to success. In 1993, we reorganized into a customer-choice, supermarket style food pantry. We respect our clients by letting them choose the food they need for themselves and their families.
In keeping with our principles, we have functioned as a cooperative system since day one. The majority of our volunteers are customers themselves, which emphasizes the strength-based approach of our services. Customer volunteers are involved in all aspects of West Side Campaign Against Hunger, including representatives serving on our board.
Between 1993 and 2013, we have been able to increase food distribution by 747%, reduce costs per meal from 80 cents to 55 cents, and improve food quality with fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmers’ markets and organic farms.