COVID-19 Update: Designated an essential service by Governor Cuomo and New York State, we are stepping up to rescue and deliver more food to meet the need during this unprecedented time, and we’ll work hard to make sure all children in New York City and their families have enough food.

Our volunteers are critical to our work year-round, but we especially need their support now, while we are ramping up our food rescue operations. We have adjusted our volunteer experience in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York City and State Departments of Health, and are requiring all volunteers to abide by our updated Volunteer Policies (linked on our Volunteer Portal). Additionally, new requirements from the City of New York stipulate that we only engage volunteers under the age of 65 and those without chronic health conditions, including chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or a weakened immune system.

Please check our Volunteer Portal for upcoming opportunities. Haven’t volunteered with City Harvest before? You’ll need to attend a virtual orientation before joining us out in the field.

Learn more about how we’re responding to the COVID-19 crisis and more ways you can help.


Individual Volunteer Opportunities

City Harvest volunteers help ensure that good food doesn’t go to waste. Whether you have experience in teaching and nutrition, are interested in working with local farmers, or simply want to give back to your community, your passion and time are important resources in the fight against hunger.

Learn more about individual volunteer opportunities.


Group Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers from hundreds of companies and community organizations located in New York City generously donate their time to help City Harvest feed our city. Find out how you and your group can team up to help feed our neighbors.

Learn more about group volunteer opportunities.



More info? Try our Volunteer FAQs.

Volunteer Program Sponsor

American Express