Who are we?

Brooklyn Relief Kitchen at Old First is a volunteer-led organization founded by restaurant industry professionals to tackle food insecurity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.   We prepare fresh cooked meals and relief boxes for distribution by our local frontline community partners.    

Our Food Drive:

Wednesday thru Saturday 10am-2pm we collect non-perishable food and cash donations. Look for us under the tent in front of Old First Reformed Church on 729 Carroll St at 7th Avenue.

Old First Church


Food Drive

Old First Reformed Church (Under the Tent)
729 Carroll Street at 7th Ave

Wednesday thru Saturday 10am – 2pm

We are gratefully accepting donations of food and cash at the Brooklyn Relief Kitchen Donation Tent, Wednesday thru Saturday 10am-2pm. You will find us in front of Old First Church on 7th Avenue and Carroll St.

Those in need may also receive non- perishable food here.

Urgently Needed Items

  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Soup
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Crackers
  • Granola Bars
  • Canned or Dried Beans
  • Dried Fruits/Nuts
  • Shelf Stable Milk
  • Shelf Stable Juice
  • Pasta and Pasta Sauce (can or plastic jar please)
  • Rice
  • Flour, Sugar, Oil
  • Paper Towels
  • Dish Soap
  • Baby Food & Formula
  • Baby Diapers
  • Baby Wipes


PLEASE NOTE: THE PREPARATION OF HOT MEALS WILL BE PUT ON PAUSE beginning in June 2021 while the church is undergoing essential repairs. Our need for new volunteers has greatly diminished. We expect the construction to be completed in the fall. Read more here. Sign up for our mailing list to learn when we will resume operations.

Brooklyn Relief Kitchen is staffed and managed by volunteers.  The kitchen is open from 6:30am to 2:30pm Wednesday thru Saturday.


Experienced kitchen workers assist Chef Kate in the kitchen. Less experienced volunteers prep, portion food, clean, sanitize and sort donations.


Our volunteer drivers deliver food to our partnering frontline organizations using their own vehicles.

Food Drive

Weather permitting our food drive tent in front of Old First Reformed Church is staffed by volunteers Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 2:00pm.


Volunteers with experience in non-profit fundraising, marketing, graphics, and website maintenance keep the proverbial gears turning.

Our current volunteer needs are filled. However, if you are interested in volunteering we expect opportunities to become available in the fall. Feel free to reach out to info@brooklynreliefkitchen.org.

Offsite Food Drive

If your organization, building, school or business would like to organize a food drive on our behalf we are very happy to assist you with signage, donation boxes, information flyers, donation jar, and donation pickup. This is especially important for us in the winter months!

Amazon Wishlist

For your donation convenience Brooklyn Relief Kitchen has started an Amazon Wishlist for the items we most needed to fulfill our food relief mission. You can purchase items to ship to us directly, OR you can view the list, purchase locally and come on by to drop off and say hello.

Old First Church, under the tent, between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday – 729 Carroll Street at 7th Avenue.

Amazon Smile

Brooklyn Relief Kitchen is registered with Amazon Smile. Qualified purchases made at smile.amazon.com will trigger a 0.5% donation to the Brooklyn Relief Kitchen. For more information please visit amazon smile’s information page.