In New York City, approximately 3 million people regularly have trouble affording food, and 1.3 million people rely on soup kitchens and food pantries to feed themselves and their families.  Additionally, New Yorkers who live below the poverty line consistently have higher rates of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.  

Numerous obstacles stand in the way of good health for our low-income neighbors.  Underserved neighborhoods rarely have access to fresh fruits and vegetables and, consequently, residents' diets suffer.

United Way of New York City combats diet-related diseases in low-income communities by working to increase access to healthy foods and to improve nutrition literacy for low-income children and families via the following initiatives: