The holiday season is usually known for spreading joy through family and food. Unfortunately, the reality is that nearly 1.2 million New Yorkers are currently struggling to put food on their tables, and will continue to throughout the upcoming holidays. City Harvest, New York City’s largest food rescue organization, is urging everyone to participate in the 37th Annual Daily News Food Drive, the largest annual food drive in NYC, to collect non-perishable food that will keep shelves stocked at soup kitchens and food pantries all over the city, as well as fill City Harvest’s trucks during the holiday season. The food drive runs from Tuesday, October 22, 2019 through Friday, January 17, 2020.
Schools, organizations, and local businesses are invited to run their own drives. Last year, 352 schools participated in the Kids Can Help Competition and collected over 238,586 pounds of food. The school in each borough that collects the most food will win a prize courtesy of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.
Donations can be dropped off at NYC Fire Department (FDNY) firehouses, NYC Police Department (NYPD) precincts, select Apple Bank locations, and at the lobby of City Harvest’s office at 6 East 32 Street.
Direct donations are also accepted. Individuals, organizations, and businesses can donate funds to the Daily News Virtual Food Drive. Just one dollar helps City Harvest rescue and deliver nearly four pounds of good, nutritious food for our neighbors in need.