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


Passover Food Drive

Monday, March 13–Monday, April 17, 2023

More than half a million Jewish New Yorkers struggle to put kosher food on their tables. Last year, City Harvest’s Passover Food Drive raised over 23,000 pounds of kosher food.

Help City Harvest feed our kosher neighbors in need by participating in this year’s Passover Food Drive.

We have compiled everything you’ll need to get started running your own drive:

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

Thank you to our generous sponsors:


Feed Our Kids

Sunday, May 14–Sunday, June 18, 2023

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 165,000 pounds of food. Thank you to the FDNY and NYPD for their ongoing partnership.


Daily News Food Drive

Tuesday, October 25, 2022–Friday, January 6, 2023

Last year marked 40 years of City Harvest partnering with the New York Daily News to host the Daily News Food Drive, the largest food drive in New York City. This annual food drive runs throughout the holiday season to provide nutritious food for our neighbors in need. As millions of New Yorkers continue to struggle with rising costs of necessities like food, rent, and gas, the need for food remains high for children, families, and seniors across the five boroughs. Thanks to your help, we surpassed our goal, and raised more than 700,000 pounds of food!

Learn how you can help.

Thank you to our 2022 generous partners:

High Holidays Food Drive

Monday, September 12–Monday, October 10, 2022

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. With your help, this year we collected more than 24,800 pounds of food!

Read more about our Kosher Food Rescue.