Donate Food

City Harvest rescues food from all segments of the food industry including restaurants, wholesalers, green markets, bakeries, caterers, hospitals and corporate cafeterias, as well as canned food drives.

City Harvest Wins USDA Food Waste Challenge

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) named City Harvest the winner of the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, a friendly competition among anti-hunger organizations.  To underscore a commitment to reducing food waste, organizations were invited to sign up the most food donors.  City Harvest Executive Director Jilly Stephens met with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Feeding America CEO Bob Aiken in Washington D.C. for the announcement.  Founded in 1982 as the world’s first food rescue organization, City Harvest's work has served as a model for hunger fighting organizations across the United States and around the world.  Learn more about the U.S. Food Waste Challenge.

Scheduled Donors

Donors who consistently have 50 pounds of food or more may be put on a truck route for weekly or daily pick-ups. For more information or to become a Scheduled Donor, please call the Food Sourcing department at 646.412.0758.

Call-In Donors

Donors who occasionally have 50 pounds or more of food can schedule a pick-up on an as-needed basis. If you have a donation that you would like picked up, please call the Food Sourcing department at 646.412.0758. We request a 24 to 48-hour notice.


Enhanced Tax Deductions for Food Donation

In 2010, President Obama signed into law The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Re-authorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. The law extends an enhanced tax deduction that potentially impacts City Harvest food donors.

The law extends the enhanced tax deduction for food donations that already existed for C corporations to all business taxpayers from Jan 1, 2010 to Dec 31, 2011. As a result, the law will be retroactive and available for product donations already made to City Harvest.

The law enables all business taxpayers, including some farmers, retailers, franchisees, ranchers and other small business owners, to take the special enhanced tax deduction currently available to all C corporations that donate food and grocery products to City Harvest.