One in four people living in New York City does not have enough income and earnings to meet the most basic household budget. We all need a stable income to be able to provide the necessities—food, rent, and utilities.  Yet so many New Yorkers don't even have that; they're just barely getting by. One in three families has no savings whatsoever for use in emergencies, and they regularly must make tough choices--buy food or pay the rent.

United Way of New York City works to ensure that our low-income neighbors get the short-term help they need right now as well as assistance to become more financially stable over the long term with the following initiatives:


United Way of New York City is pleased to announce the release of a funding opportunity through its Food Support Connections (FSC) program. We are requesting proposals from qualified applicants throughout New York City (NYC) and its five boroughs to develop an innovative intervention that connects potentially eligible low-to-moderate income households with benefits that increase and sustain economic mobility.

The goal of the FSC program is multi-faceted:

  1. To empower households to embark on a progressive path toward self-sufficiency;
  2. To increase enrollment of eligible households in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP);
  3. To increase enrollment of eligible households in other essential public benefits;
  4. To increase and improve the retention rates in SNAP program participation, and;
  5. To strengthen or create policies that improve existing public benefits programs.

Community-based organizations selected through this RFP will focus their outreach efforts particularly on reaching families with children, the working poor, legal immigrants, the unemployed, seniors, and veterans. Community-based Organizations interested in applying for this funding opportunity must submit a proposal focusing on their existing comprehensive service models and how this funding opportunity will allow them to bridge the existing service gap.

All proposals must be submitted via email to by September 30, 2016—no later than 5:00 pm. The RFP can be downloaded here.