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Food and the holidays go hand-in-hand, but not every New Yorker is able to put a festive meal on their household’s table during this time of year. City Harvest, New York City’s largest food rescue organization is urging everyone to participate in the 36th Annual Daily News Food Drive, the largest annual food drive in NYC, to collect non-perishable food that will fill City Harvest’s trucks and keep shelves stocked at food pantries across the city during the holiday season. The food drive runs Tuesday, October 23, 2018 through Friday, January 18, 2019.

Schools, churches, synagogues, and local businesses are invited to run their own drives. Last year, 329 schools collected over 250,000 pounds of food. The school in each borough that collects the most food will win a prize courtesy of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

· Canned fruit

· Canned vegetables

· Peanut Butter (plastic jars)

· Macaroni & Cheese (packaged)

· Soups

Donations can be dropped off at NYC Fire Department (FDNY) firehouses and EMS stations, NYC Police Department (NYPD) precincts, select New York City Goodwill stores, Apple Bank branches and at the lobby of City Harvest’s office at 6 East 32nd 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 feed four New Yorkers in need for a day. Last year, New Yorkers donated over one million pounds of non-perishable food.