Programs & Services

Food & Nutrition Services

Come for the food, stay for the fun! Looking for FREE healthy, nutritious meals? The Door offers evening meals Monday through Friday, along with snacks, nutritional education and counseling from experienced nutritionists and food experts. Our staff is dedicated to your growth, health and education through nutrition.  

We believe that educating and bettering youth starts from the ground up, and, as is often said, you are what you eat. When you come to our table, you'll bolster your well-being, and learn more about the opportunities for success offered at The Door.  Beyond giving you meals, we'll work to teach the rudimentary steps and skills for creating and sustaining a healthy eating lifestyle in and out of The Door, and we supply all the lessons and tools necessary to show you how to cook on your own.  Through Cookshops, off-site trips to local bodegas and green markets, and the support of trained nutrition specialists, you'll learn not only how to eat healthily, but also how to shop on a budget for nourishing, nutrition-packed foods.  

Every meal we prepare is made with careful attention to nutrition and a goal to foster well-balanced diets. Every meal is approached with a devotion to quality ingredients and preparation. Join our table - we'll save you a seat.

We offer:

  • Cookshops: group cooking demonstrations educating youth on meal preparation, healthy food options and the importance of healthy living
  • Themed Dinners: celebrations of the diversity of our community through our meals, such as Women’s History Month and World AIDS Day
  • Nutritionist Sessions: a program with a dedicated full-time nutritionist teaching individual and group nutrition education classes
  • Emergency Food Packs: a program that offers runaway and homeless youth emergency food packs whenever The Door is not open or for anyone who does not feel comfortable coming in