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.

High Holidays

August 14, 2017 - September 15, 2017

Help us make sure no one in our city goes hungry over the High Holy Days by running a kosher food drive for the High Holidays.

Three ways you can help:

Start a drive — We’ll provide the promotional materials, all you have to do is collect kosher nonperishable foods. If you collect at least 50 pounds (about 50 cans), we’ll come pick it up. Have questions? Contact Ruth Kraus, Assistant Manager, Food Sourcing, at 646.412.0755 or [email protected].

Get the word out — Promote the drive to your family and friends using email and social media. Check our toolkit below for pre-crafted social media posts along with language for your newsletters and emails.

Donate food — Want to participate but can’t run a drive this year? Simply donate nonperishable kosher foods at one of the drop-off locations. Please make sure everything you collect is marked as kosher with one of the symbols below.


Social Media Tile

Food Drive Tips

Printable Poster

Printable Flyer


Start a Food Drive Today

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. Help City Harvest feed New York City’s hungry men, women and children by keeping food pantries and soup kitchens stocked year-round!

Download Food Drive Tips

Download our List of Most Needed Items

Download Our Poster


Feed Our Kids

May 14 - June 18, 2017

City Harvest’s annual Feed Our Kids food drive, which ran from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day, asked New Yorkers to donate kid-friendly, 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 and companies came together to collect food donations for City Harvest to pick-up and distribute to our network of 500 soup kitchens, food pantries, and other community food programs that serve hungry children and their families across the five boroughs.

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! We’re tallying the pounds now, so check back to see how much we collected.

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? Click here to learn more.

Special thanks to our 2017 sponsors and community partners:


Daily News Food Drive

October - January 2018

Since 1983, the Daily News has partnered with City Harvest to feed hungry New Yorkers during the holiday season. It is the largest food drive in the city, and last year, we collected over one million pounds of food. Check back next October for more information.

Passover Food Drive

March 2018

Help us collect non-perishable, kosher food for the more than 500,000 Jewish New Yorkers living below or only slightly above the poverty line in time for Passover. Check back next March for more information.