Staten Island Hunger Task Force

Recipes

To learn how to buy and cook with local fresh food, contact The Teaching Kitchen at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House.

Inexpensive Recipes

Here are links to sites with generally healthy and inexpensive recipes.

International Recipes

Since many clients are immigrants, you might want to provide recipes from many cuisines and in multiple languages.

For recipes in other languages, search Google using that language’s word for “recipe.” For example, use “receta” to find Spanish-language recipe sites or રેસીપી for Gujarati-language recipes.

Translations

Translations when you have to do it yourself

To translate material mechanically when you don't have access to a translator:

  1. Write your recipe or text in simple language
  2. Copy and paste it into Google Translate.
  3. Click the Swap button--the two arrows in the center of the translation box--and see if the translated material translates back correctly.
  4. Adjust the original text until your translated-back text is correct. Then you can trust that the translation will be understood by the person reading it in the second langage (although it may not be perfect or idiomatic).
Accessible Recipe Sites

American Foundation for the Blind has a page about accessible recipes, with links and help using a screen reader with the recipes. One of their suggestions is the Yes Chef! recipe app for blind cooks (or anyone who wants to listen to instead of read a recipe).

Other websites are:

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Recipes for People with Dyslexia, Autism, and Low Literacy

Easy Read Recipes by Leanne Foreman

Jamie Oliver has dyslexia, which hasn’t slowed him down in his career—if anything, he says the condition has helped him succeed (see "Jamie Oliver is right: people with dyslexia really do look at things differently."

However, dyslexia makes reading recipes difficult. Some chefs have developed recipes that are formatted to be easy to follow and have strong images. For example, see Easy Read Recipes by Leanne Foreman.

The Autism Helper has a page on developing recipes for people with autism. Other strategies for the autistic, dyslexic, or low-literacy chef are video and audio recipes and recipes that primarily use pictures rather than text.

Also see Paths to Literacy’s Visual Recipes for Non-readers for a variety of resources.

Health NYC Department Nutrition Education Resource

Contact information: eatwell@health.nyc.gov.

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Starting a Pantry

For a good overview of what you need to do to start or upgrade a pantry or soup kitchen, download a copy of the Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry Best Practices Guide from Hunger Free America.

Here are some NYC resources:

Getting Food Donations

To get started, consider asking local supermarkets and greenmarkets for donations. Here is information about donation requirements for City Harvest, including expiration dates and Good Samaritan laws, which will apply to your pantry as well when you ask for donations: https://www.cityharvest.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/FY20-City-Harvest-Donor-Packet.pdf

Donated food is protected by federal and state Good Samaritan laws. See p. 8 in the donor packet.

Immigration & Census Scams

The Immigration Affairs Unit of the Office of the District Attorney, Richmond County, wants you to protect yourself against scams:

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