RIVER FUND is a leading Poverty Frontline Center serving more than 40 zipcodes in all five boroughs of New York City. We confront material hardship with (1) Weekly Groceries, (2) Benefits Access and Stabilization Programs, and (3) Support and Education Pathways from Cradle to College.

RIVER FUND: Baby Shower Program

RIVER FUND's unique Cradle to College Initiative includes specially developed in-house programs designed to place kids on a trajectory for future success through education—culminating in our four-year college scholarship program. Although Cradle to College accepts kids at any age, it is most effective when we can start while the mother is still expecting. About 300 new babies per year come on board—and we provide pre- and post-natal support in many ways. This is the period of a child’s life that is hardest to find funding for. In groups of 10 to 16 moms at a time, the Baby Shower Program actually outfits women with the equipment, materials and supplies they will need to receive their newborns.