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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
New York Common Pantry

A BBB Accredited charity


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New York Common Pantry
Formerly known as:
Yorkville Common Pantry
8 East 109th Street
New York, NY 10029
Year, State Incorporated:
1982, New York
Stated Purpose:
" NYCP is dedicated to reducing hunger while promoting dignity and self-sufficiency. NYCP champions the cause of the hungry through food pantry and meal distribution programs, nutrition education, basic hygiene services, homeless support, and related services. "

Evaluation Conclusions

New York Common Pantry meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Choice Pantry Program is New York City’s largest community-based food pantry and is designed to meet the needs of our families by providing culturally-appropriate and nutritiously-balanced food. Members receive a bag of nutritious groceries once every 14 days. Participants choose culturally appropriate, nutritionally balanced food packages. They can order their food in advance via our website or order on-site by using wireless touch-screen tablets. Volunteers pack each bag according to each Pantry member’s specifications with selections in each of the major food groups. Pet food is also available. Help 365 Case managers can: enroll guests in food stamps (SNAP) and Medicaid on site; assist with applying for Supplementary Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability (SSD), Public assistance, Medicare, Unemployment, assurance phones, and other benefits; provide assistance in obtaining birth certificates and New York State Identification. Hot Meals Program serves hot breakfast five days a week and hot dinner three days a week. Brown bag meals are distributed evenings that we do not serve dinner. Project Dignity provides hot showers, laundry service, a mailing address, and haircuts for homeless individuals. The Program Coordinator can also assist with housing, shelter, substance abuse treatment, employment programs, educational programs, counseling services, or psychiatric services. Live Healthy! encourages participants to embrace healthy eating, active living, resiliency skills, and social support to improve overall quality of life.


Chief Executive Officer:
Stephen Grimaldi, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Michael Fitzsimons
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
DeskNet, Inc.
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 9.7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,414,162, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based New York Common Pantry's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  



In-kind Donations - Materials


Government Grants


Fundraising - Benefits




Interest and Dividends


Contributions for Capital Improvements




Net Realized and Unrealized Gains/(Losses)


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Choice Pantry


Help 365


Hot Meals


Project Dignity


Live Healthy!

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 9%  Administrative 10% 
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Beginning net assets $5,368,326
Ending net assets 5,135,974
Total liabilities 118,122

Total assets



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