Urgent Needs Assistance

The Safety Net for Families

Every day, low-income New Yorkers have urgent needs and no safety net. When Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012, many families found themselves in economic crisis due to job loss stemming from the brutal storm. Nazareth Housing responded by creating special programs that addressed urgent needs in the community. Nazareth Housing soon discovered that the needs met by these programs were ongoing, and many members of the community required long-term assistance.

Contact a Staff Member
Nikolaus Nelson
(646) 713 – 2681

Louise’s Pantry

Louise’s Pantry at Nazareth Housing provides nutritious meals to hundreds of families each week struggling with food insecurity. Louise’s Pantry exists so that families don’t have to choose between feeding their children or paying rent.

From two locations in the Bronx and Lower East Side, families work closely with pantry volunteers to hand-select food items that best suit the nutritional needs of their households. Stocked with fresh fruits, seasonal vegetables, cereals, baby formula and much more, Louise’s Pantry fills critical food gaps and helps ease the financial stress of putting food on the table for a family each day.

With a “more than food” approach, each pantry client receives a full intake upon registration to screen for benefits, initiate referrals, and connect them to additional Nazareth Housing services that foster increased independence.

Louise’s Pantry is named for Louise Antinoro, mother of Anna Fantaci. We are grateful to the Fantaci family for helping Nazareth Housing launch Louise’s Pantry as an expansion of our food security services following Superstorm Sandy. Louise’s Pantry is “more than food” and provides our neighbors experiencing food insecurity a conduit for building family well-being including case management, nutrition and health workshops.

Learn more about Louise Antinoro
Organize a Food Drive!
Organizing a food drive or making a non-perishable food donation is a great way to help curb food insecurity in New York City.

Contact a team member at (646) 713-2681

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families served weekly
meals served weekly
meals provided by Louise's Pantry each year

Pantry Locations

Louise’s Pantry – Lower East Side
  • Tuesday’s
  • 10AM
  • 206 East 4th St. (Blue door)
  • (646) 713-2754
Louise’s Pantry – Bronx
  • Wednesday’s
  • 8:30AM
  • 406 East 184th St, Bronx, NY
  • (646) 713-2732

Furniture Donation Service

COVID-19 Update
Due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 crisis, we are unable to accept in-kind donations until further notice.

Nazareth Housing accepts new and used furniture in good condition as well as household goods for donation to families in need.

  • Pick ups generally occur on Thursdays
  • We request a two-week period from the desired pick-up date due to high volume and scheduling
  • Free pick up of furniture in Manhattan is from Canal Street north to 95th Street. Exceptions are limited.
  • We typically pick up furniture from walk-ups if the pick-up is on the 2rd floor or below and the items weigh less than 80 pounds and/or it can be broken down into separate pieces, i.e.: a bed frame
  • We request pictures of items for size verification
  • We can only pick up what has been included in the pick up form.

To donate furniture, fill out the form below:

Donation Form

Items we can accept
Bed Frames
Dining/End Tables
A/C units (Less than three years old)
Chairs (All types except folding chairs)
Bed and Bath Linens/Blankets (Laundered or dry cleaned if gently used)
Plates and glasses (must be boxed)
Small kitchen appliances (good working order or gently used)
*Larger appliances are accepted only after review of photographs and dimensions
Items we cannot accept
Used mattresses
Items missing parts (e.g. shelves)
Children’s items (highchairs, strollers, etc.)
Sofa beds
Stained or well-worn items
Glass furniture
Broken or chipped utensils or tableware
Damaged wood items
Old electronics
Used toys

A note about Furniture Donations and Gifts-In-Kind: By law, non-profit organizations cannot provide a donor with the dollar value of an In-Kind gift. Such valuations need to be professionally assessed and certified elsewhere, if possible, which is the responsibility of the donor (tax filer). In instances where time and service are donated, the IRS Publication 526 clearly states, “You cannot deduct the value of your time or services.” For more information, please review IRS Publication 526: Charitable Contributions.

We are grateful to the Jim Jacobs Charitable Foundation for its ongoing support of the Furniture Donation Service.