City Harvest's Feed the Kids campaign

May 12, 2011 10:07:36 AM PDT
City Harvest has been continually dedicated to feeding New York City's hungry men, women and children since its berth. Now, the world's first food rescue organization is seeking your help through its annual Feed the Kids campaign. The initiative's mission is to bring together companies, organizations and individuals throughout the city to collect kid-friendly, nonperishable food between now and Father's Day (June 19).

The campaign began 12 years ago as a way of helping stock shelves at community programs feeding children and their families during the summer months when children have reduced access to food at school. All food collected will immediately be delivered to one of 600 partner community food programs served by City Harvest.

City Harvest makes running a food drive easy. Here are some tips:

  • Pick a time to run your drive that works for your schedule. Feed the Kids runs from now until June 19. You can collect food for a week, two weeks, or the entire period.

  • Publicize the drive by downloading posters or flyers at The website also contains additional information about hunger in New York City.

  • Set up your collection site in a prominent but secure area.

Food can also be dropped off at your local firehouse or police station. If you collect more than 100 pounds of food (100 cans), City Harvest will pick up your donation. Please call (917) 351-8746 for pick up.

The most needed foods are: canned fruit, canned vegetables, peanut butter (plastic jars), macaroni and cheese (packaged), and hot and cold cereal (packaged, family-sized). If you have questions or to schedule a pick-up, please call or e-mail Gail Cammock at the number listed above or send an e-mail to