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Upper East Side Patch New Supermarket-Style Food Pantry Open On Upper East Side by Gillian Smith

New Supermarket-Style Food Pantry Open On Upper East Side

A new Urban Outreach Center location opened in the Upper East Side Thursday, offering food and assistance to those in need.

A new Urban Outreach Center location opened in the Upper East Side Thursday, offering food and assistance to those in need. (Urban Outreach Center NYC)

UPPER EAST SIDE, NY – A new Urban Outreach Center location opened in the Upper East Side Thursday, offering food and assistance to those in need.

The new site includes a supermarket-style food pantry that allows visitors the comfort of being able to choose from available foods, adding dignity and a sense of normalcy for people receiving fresh produce and healthy staples from the pantry.

The location also includes community dinners on Tuesday evenings, offering hot, restaurant-quality meals to food-insecure families senior citizens and low-income New Yorkers.

There are also clothing rooms, mail distribution services and a job center.

"The Urban Outreach Center is committed to ending the hunger gap in East Harlem and the Upper East Side – providing our low-income neighbors with the healthy food they need, with the dignity they deserve," said The Rev. Jordan Tarwater, Executive Director of the Urban Outreach Center of NYC, in a prepared statement. "We are so grateful for the warm reception from the neighborhood and the outpouring of support from those who share our vision that no parent, child, or senior citizen in NYC should struggle because they lack access to food or other basic resources."

The Urban Outreach Center is a new nonprofit created from the historic homeless services mission of Avenue Church NYC.

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