Food Drives

Running a food drive for City Harvest is easy! All you need is a sturdy box and a place to set it up.

Start a Food Drive Today!

All over the city, New Yorkers help feed their neighbors by organizing food drives in their schools, apartment buildings, businesses, and places of worship. Help City Harvest feed New York City’s men, women and children by keeping food pantries and soup kitchens stocked year-round!

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High Holidays Food Drive


More than half a million Jewish New Yorkers struggle to put kosher food on their tables. Help City Harvest feed our neighbors in need during the High Holidays.

Run a food drive and encourage members of your community to donate non-perishable, kosher foods. Our fleet of trucks will pick up donations of 50 pounds or more and deliver them to kosher community food programs across the city.

Donated items require at least one of the following kosher certifications:

Check back in a few weeks for more instructional materials and a poster to help promote your drive.

For any questions, contact the Food Sourcing Team at 646.412.0758 or [email protected] 

Read more about our Kosher Food Rescue.


Feed Our Kids

Sunday, May 12 – Sunday, June 16, 2019

City Harvest’s annual Feed Our Kids food drive, which ran from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day, asked New Yorkers to donate non-perishable items to help provide much-needed food for our city’s children over the summer, when access to school meals may become limited. Schools, organizations, companies and New York City’s Fire and Police Departments came together to collect food donations for City Harvest to pick-up and distribute to our network of hundreds of soup kitchens, food pantries, and other community food programs that serve hungry children and their families across the five boroughs. This year, we collected more than 198,000 pounds of food!

Thanks to all of our fellow New Yorkers who donated food, and this year’s sponsors and community partners for making the drive a great success!

For information on running your own drive any time of year contact Food Sourcing at [email protected] or call 646.412.0758. Interested in running a Virtual Food Drive? Learn more.

Special thanks to our 2019 sponsors and community partners:

Passover Food Drive

March 11 – April 15, 2019

City Harvest’s Passover Food Drive, which ran from March 11 – April 15, collected kosher for Passover and/or Chometz food to help feed the more than half a million Jewish New Yorkers struggle to put kosher food on their tables. This year, we collected more than 9,400 pounds of kosher for Passover and/or Chometz food items. Thank you for your support and participation!

Read more about our Jewish neighbors in this story from The Tablet and about our kosher initiative in this article from The Jewish Press.

Daily News Food Drive

October 23, 2018 – January 18, 2019

For over 35 years, City Harvest and the Daily News have been joining forces to host the largest food drive in New York City to collect non-perishable food to help feed the nearly 1.2 million New Yorkers facing hunger this holiday season.

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Interested in donating funds? Every $1 helps City Harvest rescue four pounds of good food. Donate to the Daily News Virtual Food Drive here .

Thank you to this year’s generous sponsors: