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 with 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! For more information on running a food drive, please see below, email [email protected], or call 646.277.7800.

Download Traditional Food Drive Tips

Download our List of Most Needed Items


Start an Online Fresh Food Drive

Did you know that more than half of the food City Harvest rescues and delivers is fresh fruits and vegetables? If you’re looking for an alternative to a traditional canned food drive, you can help donate fresh produce by running a #GiveHealthy food drive. The #GiveHealthy platform allows you to purchase food items directly for City Harvest.

Start Your Own #GiveHealthy Drive

Download Online Food Drive Tips


Feed Our Kids

Sunday, May 8–Sunday, June 19, 2022

City Harvest’s annual Feed Our Kids food drive, runs each year from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day and helps provide much needed food for New York City’s children and their families, especially during summer, when access to free schools meals may become limited. Last year, we were able to raise over 180,000 pounds of food.

Learn More


Passover Food Drive

Monday, March 28–Monday, April 25, 2022

Did you know thirty percent of Jewish households in New York City are living near or below the poverty line? With statistics like this and the continuing pandemic, we know our work is more important than ever.

Last year, City Harvest’s Passover Food Drive raised over 23,000 pounds of kosher food.

Read about our work helping provide kosher for Passover food to the Masbia food pantry in Brooklyn.

Generously sponsored by:

Daily News Food Drive

Tuesday, October 19, 2021–Friday, January 14, 2022

For 39 years, City Harvest and The New York Daily News have partnered to host The Daily News Food Drive, New York City’s largest food drive, spanning the holiday season and providing nutritious food for families in need. As New York City continues to contend with the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for nutritious food remains high for families across the five boroughs. Thanks to your help, we raised more than 660,000 pounds of food!

Thank you to our generous partners:




High Holidays Food Drive

Monday, August 23–Monday, September 20, 2021

More than half a million Jewish New Yorkers were struggling to put kosher food on their tables, even before COVID-19, and many more need help right now.  Thank you for supporting City Harvest in feeding our neighbors in need during the High Holidays. Thanks to your help, we collected more than 12,000 pounds of food!

Read more about our Kosher Food Rescue.