The Riverside Church

490 Riverside Drive

New York, NY 10027

Debra Northern, Director of Social Services


The Social Service Ministry of The Riverside Church endeavors to provide access to comprehensive social services for those in economic and social crisis. Riverside Church seeks to enable people in need within the community to more fully support and nurture themselves and their families so that they can move out of poverty. Riverside Church further supports action that lead to a healthy and caring society, free of the oppression of poverty in its various forms.

The supermarket style Food Pantry distributes food Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am to 1:30pm. The pantry is staffed largely with 10-12 volunteers a week who work interviewing clients for eligibility, escorting them as they shop and stocking shelves. Referrals are required.

  • Hours: Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 am-1:30 pm
  • Eligibility: Referrals are required.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm, general clothing distribution takes place at the Food Pantry, as it is available. Professional clothing suitable for job interviews is available by appointment only. Walk-ins cannot be serviced. Clients with specific needs may call to speak with clothing ministry staff or volunteers. Referrals are helpful but not required.

  • Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 am-1 pm.
  • Eligibility: Appointment-only for professional clothing, referrals are helpful but not required.

Every Wednesday, from 9:30am to 3:00pm, a safe place is provided for those in need to take a hot shower. The program provides soap, shampoo and conditioner, towels, fresh underwear and clothing. Volunteers and social services provide referrals for additional services for shelter, soup kitchens, medical attention, counseling, advocacy and employment.

  • Hours: Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 3 pm.
  • Eligibility: No restrictions.