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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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


Passover Food Drive

March 2020

There are currently more than half a million Jewish New Yorkers who are food insecure and struggle to put food on their tables. Help City Harvest feed Jewish families in New York City during Passover this year. Run a kosher for Passover and/or Chometz food drive and City Harvest will deliver the food you collect to kosher food pantries across the city.

Update: We have temporarily modified our operations so that we can help feed our neighbors despite the increased need caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. We are currently unable to send a truck to pick up any donations that are less than 3,000 lbs. Please contact Ellen Granger, Food Sourcing Manager, at [email protected] if you need to find a home for any canned, non-perishable food items you have collected.

A great way to continue your drive and help us keep shelves stocked at Kosher food programs is to run a #GiveHealthy drive. The #GiveHealthy platform allows you to purchase food items directly for City Harvest online and have them delivered straight to our warehouse. Get started.

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

Feed Our Kids

Sunday, May 10–Sunday, June 21, 2020

City Harvest’s annual Feed Our Kids food drive, which runs from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day, asks 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 come 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. Check back in few weeks for more information on how to participate this year.

Interested in running a Virtual Food Drive? Learn more.

Special thanks to our 2019 sponsors and community partners:


Daily News Food Drive

Tuesday, October 22, 2019–Friday, January 17, 2020

For over 36 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. This year, New Yorkers came together and collected over 760,000 pounds of food for the Daily News Food Drive! Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s drive.  

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

Thank you to this year’s generous sponsors:



High Holidays Food Drive


City Harvest’s High Holidays Food Drive, which ran from September 9 to October 11, collected more than 18,000 pounds of kosher food for distribution to 26 kosher food programs. Thank you to all who helped to feed the more than half a million Jewish New Yorkers struggle to put kosher food on their tables during a season of heightened need.

Read more about our Kosher Food Rescue.