Rolling with the punches.

A Note from Trinity's Services And Food for the Homeless' Executive Director:

This year has stretched us thin in a way that I never thought would happen. We were all there, and we all know the devastating effects that this pandemic had on the food insecure and on our essential workers, many of whom are at the bottom of the economic ladder.

But we have used this past year+ to flip the narrative. While resources were stretched, we took it as a chance to grow into this new space that is being created from being pulled in every direction. 

Our to-go service has allowed us to imagine a completely different way of serving our community. And as things get back to normal (whatever that means) we will only be moving forward.

Our service only expanded during this time with the addition of pantry hours on a monthly basis, allowing our guests to come twice in a month, in addition to a completely new program, the College Student Pantry.

But with this growth, it does mean a continued strain on our resources. If you're able, give today. If you're able, volunteer today. If you're not able to do either of those, follow us on facebook, twitter, or instagram, and share the work we do here with your network. It all uplifts our community here.

If you have any questions or concerns, I can always be reached at

All the best,

Alex Lawrence

Executive Director, Trinity's Services And Food for the Homeless

We are here to feed the hungry.

Trinity's Services And Food for the Homeless (or SAFH, pronounced "safe") started out as a response to the homeless living in and around Tompkins Square Park about 30 years ago.

And while the neighborhood of the East Village has changed dramatically these past decades, the need in this community has not.

We are here to feed the hungry, and help all who come through our doors.


A place at the table.

We believe everyone has the right to have access to food.

We are programmatically connected to Trinity Lower East Side Lutheran Parish, but separately incorporated with our own board and separate finances.

Our mission is four-fold:
  1. To provide a reliable source of food for those who are hungry
  2. To support good nutrition through our meals and with education
  3. To offer connections to other services
  4. To strengthen community through shared service

Through our daily soup kitchen and food pantry, we serve around 200,000 meals annually. Our referral center connects families and individuals to services throughout the five boroughs.

People of every background, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, religion, and of any age may enjoy the meal without fear of being turned away.

Fresh, healthy food.

Many of the families and individuals who come to soup kitchens and food pantries are already vulnerable to a lack of access to a balanced diet, whether because of food scarcity, or living in a food desert.

The food offered in our Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry is always a healthy mix of all of the basic food groups. We offer many fresh fruits and vegetables to our customers so that they have the same nutrition available to them that makes for healthy eating.

When possible, we also strive to provide food that is locally grown.