The Bowery Mission’s outreach program to the poor goes out four days a week into the community to provide meals to the homeless and those in need in various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. We have the opportunity to share food and the message of God's love.
The community outreach programs reach those who cannot easily get to our location at 227 Bowery or are unaware of The Bowery Mission. We also reach homeless people and families who are wary of going to a place like the Mission.
The Outreach Program provides hope to the hungry in a city where one in five New Yorkers doesn't know where the next meal will come from. Four times a week the Outreach Van is loaded with donated fresh vegetables, breads, pastries, hot soup and more, to distribute at four locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The outreach teams are also able to provide critical bags of groceries to families choosing between food and rent.
Our outreach teams currently travel and serve in two communities on the following schedule:
- Tuesday 12:00 pm (noon) - 2:00 pm: Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan
- Wednesday 12:00 pm (noon) - 2:00 pm: Chelsea, Manhattan (partnering with Relief Bus)
- Thursday 12:00 pm (noon) - 2:00 pm: Knickerbocker Park, Brooklyn
- Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 am: Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan
Volunteers and donors help turn despair into hope
Hundreds of volunteers and donors like you work together with The Bowery Mission to offer more than 2,900 grocery bags and more than 2,800 outreach meals every month to homeless men, women and children as well as those who are unemployed and struggling to make ends meet.
We share the message of God's love with our words and actions. There are opportunities for churches and Christian groups to serve as an outreach team each week. Learn more about volunteering.
Life change begins with a meal
It is often the connection through a meal or a bag of groceries provided through our community outreach program that a homeless person learns about The Bowery Mission’s emergency shelter, clothing and showers, medical care and residential recovery programs for men and for women.
For those who are wary of the mission, they discover that the staff and volunteers from The Bowery Mission meet them where they are and provide care and support without judgment of their circumstances.
There are many people today who look back on the meal they received at a community outreach program as a turning point in their lives where they not only overcame their immediate hunger but were given hope for a new life and the opportunity to overcome the challenges that kept them trapped in homelessness. Your online gift today or gift by phone or mail will help provide support necessary to continue The Bowery Mission’s outreach program and reach the homeless and poor who have nowhere else to turn.