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.

Daily News Food Drive

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – Friday, January 19, 2018

Nearly 1.3 million New Yorkers face hunger each year. Now more than ever, let’s come together to help our neighbors in need.

Participate in New York City’s largest food drive. Help City Harvest and the Daily News collect non-perishable food to keep shelves stocked at 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across the city. Running a food drive helps keep City Harvest’s trucks on the road filled with good, nutritious food during the holiday season.

Kids Can Help Competition
Help us reach our goal of collecting one million pounds to help feed hungry New Yorkers this holiday season!

All participating schools will be automatically entered into the Kids Can Help Competition – and thanks to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, the school in each borough that collects the most food will win a prize! You may run your school’s drive at any time between October 24 and January 19.

Any business, organization or school can run a food drive for City Harvest.

Interested in donating funds? Show your support for City Harvest by donating directly to the Daily News Virtual Food Drive, created specifically for this year’s drive!

Run a Food Drive

Running a food drive is easy! Our digital tool kits provide you with all of the materials you will need to run your food drive including instructions, tips, flyers, and posters.

Download Poster

Download Toolkit for Schools

Download Toolkit for Corporations, Organizations, or Other Locations

For more information or to schedule a pick-up, contact our Food Sourcing Team at [email protected] or call 646.412.0758.

Drop-Off Locations

Can’t run a food drive, but want to donate food?

Help feed New York’s hungry this holiday season by dropping off non-perishable food donations at City Harvest’s office in Midtown Manhattan, any FDNY or NYPD station, and select Goodwill or Apple Bank locations throughout the five boroughs from October 24 through January 19.

Click the links below to find a drop off location near you:

City Harvest – 6 East 32nd Street

NYPD – Police Stations

FDNY – Firehouses

Goodwill – Select Locations

Apple Bank – Select Locations

Daily News Virtual Food Drive

Every $1 donated helps City Harvest rescue four pounds of food that would otherwise go to waste. Thanks to our generous sponsor, FJC – a Foundation of Philanthropic Funds, every gift made between October 24, 2017 and January 19, 2018 will be matched – dollar-for-dollar – up to $75,000, helping us rescue and deliver twice as much food for our neighbors in need!

Donate funds to the Daily News Virtual Food Drive here or start your own Sub-Team to encourage family, friends, and colleagues to stand with City Harvest in the fight against hunger.


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


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


High Holidays Food Drive

August 14, 2017 - September 15, 2017

Many of our neighbors have trouble affording kosher food for themselves and their families. Our annual High Holidays food drive, which runs from mid-August through mid-September, asks New Yorkers to donate nonperishable, kosher foods to make sure no one in our city goes hungry during the High Holidays. Thanks to all of our fellow New Yorkers who donated food! We’re tallying the pounds now, so check back to see how much we collected.

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.