Program Schedule

The Coney Island Community Kitchen serves hot meals to the public every Wednesday and Friday evening between 6:30-7:30 PM. Our chef prepares a wide variety of dishes from different cuisines each week. A voluntary religious service often follows each meal. The Community Kitchen also serves hot snacks every school day to the students in our after-school program.

Our after-school program provides homework assistance, activities, art, games, bible study, and a small meal for children 5-13 every school day. The program is currently overseen by our Food Program Coordinator Denise Robbins and enrolls up to 22 students. We welcome new participants and hope to hire a professional educator for the program soon

Borough President Marty Markowitz visits


Our food pantry is open 5 days every week. Days of distribution are:

  • Tuesday 6PM - 7PM
  • Thursday 11AM - 12Noon

Clients may come either day once a week to pick up free bags of groceries that provide three meals a day for three days for three people. Each bag contains a balanced mix of foods for several family meals. Our groceries come from the Food Bank for NYC HRA and City Harvest as well as private donations of beverages, snacks, and other items.

Our on-site social worker is available to clients with benefits outreach, pre-screening for food stamps, and food stamps submission, which we do directly with NYC HRA. Appointments can be scheduled all week for the following times:

  • Tuesday + Wednesday 9:30AM - 5PM

This is an excellent opportunity for clients to get information on benefits such as food stamps, Medicaid, public assistance, and discounted MetroCards and determine if they are eligible. Since the program inception, we have assisted over 500,000 clients to access food stamps benefits.

The Lighthouse Mission also conducts special outreach programs for holidays and distributes sleeping bags and blankets, clothing, and personal supplies to the homeless in Coney Island. We give out over 300 frozen Thanksgiving turkeys to families every year and distribute special Easter care packages to children every spring.