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 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 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.

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. You can also build an online food drive through our partner #GiveHealthy, and fresh produce and non-perishable, kosher for Passover food items will be delivered straight to the City Harvest warehouse.

Below, you’ll find helpful materials to get you started:

Donated items require at least one of the following certifications, in addition to a Kosher for Passover designation. Chometz items require one certification:

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

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.


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

Daily News Food Drive

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. Thank you for coming 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. With your help, we were able to collect more than 500,000 pounds of food to be delivered to those who need it most.


Every $1 donated helps City Harvest feed two New Yorkers in need. Donate today.

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 :