- Hunger in NYC
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All over the city, New Yorkers help feed their hungry neighbors, by organizing food drives in their schools, apartment buildings, businesses and places of worship. Please join them, and help City Harvest feed New York City's hungry men, women, and children.
May 10 - June 21, 2015
City Harvest's annual Feed Our Kids food drive, which runs from Mother's Day to Father's Day, asks New Yorkers to donate kid-friendly, non-perishable items to help provide much-needed food for our children over the summer when access to school meals may become limited. Schools, organizations, companies, and New York City's Fire and Police Departments come together to collect non-perishable food donations for City Harvest to pick-up and distribute to our network of more than 500 soup kitchens, food pantries, and other community food programs that serve hungry children and their families across the five boroughs.
Last year, Feed Our Kids collected 250,000 pounds of food—enough to feed thousands of families in New York City for an entire summer.
Run a Food Drive
Running a food drive for Feed Our Kids is easy! All you need is a box and a location to set it up. Our digital tool kits provide you with all the materials you will need to run your food drive including instructions, tips, flyers, and posters. At the end of your food drive collection, call City Harvest to schedule a pick-up for donations of 100 lbs or more.
If you collect less than 100 lbs, please drop off the donations at one of the following locations:
For more information, contact Food Sourcing at [email protected] or call 646.412.0758.
Special thanks to our sponsors and community partners:
October 2014 - January 2015
Thank you to everyone who donated food as part of the Daily News Food Drive. You helped us raise over 1 million pounds of non-perishable food to help feed hungry New Yorkers this winter!
Over 385 public and private schools from all five boroughs participated in the Kids Can Help Competition, engaging some of our youngest citizens in the fight against hunger. The winning schools will receive a collection of books from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group to be added to their school's library. Special thanks to the Daily News and Humana, the food drive's lead sponsor.
Thanks also for the generous support of:
Interested in running your own drive? Click here to find out how you can run a food drive any time of the year.
- Choose collection sites that are both highly visible and secure.
- Call 646.412.0758 or email us to arrange a pickup date for City Harvest to collect the donations. City Harvest will send one of our food rescue trucks to pick up donations of more than 100 pounds. Please give one or two names as contacts for our drivers, to make sure the pickup runs smoothly.
- Put up City Harvest food drive posters at the collection sites a week or two before the start of the drive--we'll supply the posters, just call 646.412.0758, email us, or download the poster here.
- All types of canned and packaged goods are welcome, but no perishable foods please! This helps keep your collection site insect-free and ensures that all food collected is safe for consumption.
The most needed foods are:
The following donations will feed a family of four for a day:
Be creative with your food drive and HAVE FUN!
Get the word out:
Challenge them! People respond to a challenge and often work harder to reach their goal if there is an element of competition. Here are some suggestions: