Columbia Launches Neighbors Food Relief Fund

Columbia University is stepping up to help local food relief efforts by launching the Columbia Neighbors Food Relief Fund. It brings together the extraordinary resources of the entire Columbia community to heighten awareness, raise funds, and deploy resources to address food insecurity in Upper Manhattan. This need has grown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning many of our neighbors have increasingly limited or uncertain access to food.

We have a deep commitment to the well-being of our neighbors. Every dollar donated to the fund through the Medical Center Neighborhood Fund and the Columbia Community Service (CCS) Food Relief Project will be used to support the program.

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the pre-existing food insecurity crisis in New York City to an unprecedented level. City residents make up half of all food insecure people living in New York State with nearly two million people, approximately a quarter of the city’s population, now set to face a new level of need due to this crisis.