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.


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Start an Online 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


Daily News Food Drive

Tuesday, October 20, 2020–Friday, January 22, 2021

For 38 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. This year, it’s never been more important to come together to help feed our neighbors in need, as families across the five boroughs continue to contend with the devastating economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis.

Learn more about getting your food drive started, including how to run your drive online.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:





High Holidays Food Drive

Tuesday, September 8–Friday, October 9, 2020

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 helping us feed our kosher neighbors in need and participating in the High Holidays Food Drive. We are busy tallying up the pounds of food raised. Check back in a few weeks to find out how much you helped raise.

For any questions, contact the Food Sourcing Team at 646.412.0758 or [email protected]

Read more about our Kosher Food Rescue.

Feed Our Kids

Sunday, May 10–Sunday, June 21, 2020

City Harvest’s annual Feed Our Kids food drive, which ran from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day (May 10–June 21, 2020), helped to provide much needed food for New York City’s children and their families. This year, with schools across the city closed since March due to the COVID-19 crisis, the need among our city’s children and families was especially urgent. Find out more.

Special thanks to our 2020 sponsors :

Passover Food Drive

March 2020

City Harvest’s Passover Food Drive, which ran in March 2020, collected kosher for Passover and/or Chometz food to help feed the more than half a million Jewish New Yorkers struggle to put kosher food on their tables. Check back in a few weeks to find out how much food we collected to help our neighbors in need.

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

Special thanks to our 2020 sponsors: