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


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.

Learn more about how you can help and get involved.


Every $1.25 donated helps City Harvest feed a New York City family in need. Donate today.

Thank you to our generous partners:





High Holidays Food Drive

Monday, August 23–Monday, September 20, 2021

Feed Our Kids

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. Check back in a few weeks to see how much food we were able to collect!

For any questions, please call 646.277.7800 or email [email protected]

Read more about our Kosher Food Rescue.

Sunday, May 9–Sunday, June 20, 2021

City Harvest’s annual Feed Our Kids food drive, which this year ran from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day (May 9–June 20, 2021), 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. With 1 in every 3 children in our city now projected to experience food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need is especially high. Thanks to your help, we were able to raise over 180,000 pounds of food!

Special thanks to our 2021 sponsors:

Passover Food Drive

Monday, March 1–Monday, April 5, 2021

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, over half a million Jewish New Yorkers struggled to put kosher food on their tables. Now, with unemployment rates still high, many more are turning to soup kitchens and food pantries for help feeding themselves and their families.

City Harvest’s Passover Food Drive helped feed Jewish families in New York City during Passover this year. Thanks to your help, we were able to collect over 23,000 pounds of kosher for Passover food.

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

Special thanks to our 2021 sponsors:

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