"When it comes to the Urban Outreach Center, they're always there for me. Whether it's food or clothing or just to listen, they are always there to help."
- James, UOCNYC guest.
"Volunteering with the UOC gives you the satisfaction of seeing people's lives be changed."
- Gloria, UOCNYC volunteer.
The Urban Outreach Center is a premier, independent social services center, temporarily located at 161 E 104th Street. Our purpose is to provide a complete range of resources to support the full worth and dignity of every person. The Urban Outreach Center’s programs and services are a lifeline for the most vulnerable populations from all five boroughs of New York City, providing material necessities and other support in a welcoming, compassionate environment.
The Urban Outreach Center is inclusive and progressive. All are welcome here.
Whether you need a suit and tie for your upcoming job interview or, simply, a pair of socks or a sleeping bag, our three clothing rooms for men, women, and children, are a lifeline for hundreds of people daily.
Tuesday night Community Dinner
Every Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 6:30pm, we serve a nutritious and delicious meal to upwards of 170 hungry New Yorkers.
resource and job centers
Get connected with a range of social services resources available to you in NYC and learn valuable skills to prepare for finding a new job. Resumé, computer use, and mock job interview help by appointment.
From pantry staples, like peanut butter and tuna, to fresh veggies that we grow ourselves in the rooftop urban garden, our food pantry serves thousands of people each month.
As guests begin the difficult process of obtaining necessary paperwork and applying for jobs, we serve as a transitional mailing address for hundreds of individuals.
Visit the Urban Outreach Center
Hours of Operation
food pantry + clothing
161 E 104th Street
Wednesday: 9am to 1pm
Friday: 9am to 1pm
161 E 104th Street
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am to 1pm
Tuesday Community Dinner
921 Madison Avenue (73rd Street entrance)
Tuesday: 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Get connected with all the ways that you can help transform the life of a vulnerable New Yorker today!
Daily volunteer opportunities providing fresh and healthy food through our food pantry and Tuesday Night Community Dinner, connecting homeless New Yorkers with job interview attire and clothing basics, and helping welcome and connect guests with additional resources through intake, mail distribution, and using your pro bono skills!
Do you represent a corporate group looking for team-building and corporate service day experiences helping homeless and food-insecure New Yorkers?
You can register at the form below too!
Corporate & Community Volunteer Partners
Meet our Team
Meet the crew who run the day-to-day at the UOCNYC.
Board of Directors
Meet our current Board of Directors.
We are grateful for all of our amazing partner organizations and donors.
The UOCNYC was founded in 1990 as the Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Program. In 2014, we became the Urban Outreach Center, recognizing that the breadth of vulnerability extends beyond homelessness alone. Since opening our doors to provide social services to the most vulnerable populations of New York City, we now directly serve nearly 30,000 people each year and reach countless more. We see a vast demographic and cultural diversity of guests from all 5 boroughs and New Jersey.
pounds of food distributed each year
From produce grown in our urban rooftop garden to hot meals to a monthly pantry box, we help support the emergency food needs of thousands of New Yorkers.
Years Serving nyc
We are proud of our long history of serving vulnerable New Yorkers with the dignity, compassion, and material resources that they need to thrive.
Vulnerable new yorkers served each year
Every year, the Urban Outreach Center is on the forefront of serving a disproportionate number of those New Yorkers experiencing food and housing-insecurity.