City Harvest’s Feed Our Kids food drive helps provide much-needed food for New York City’s children and their families over the summer when access to free school meals may become limited.
Nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers currently face hunger, with roughly 1 in 4 of our city’s children living in food insecure homes. Last year’s drive raised more than 250,000 pounds of kid-friendly food, which City Harvest delivered to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across New York City to help make sure that no child went hungry over the summer.
Getting your food drive started is as easy as 1-2-3!
1. Select dates to hold your food drive. The Feed Our Kids food drive runs from May 14 to June 18 (Mother’s Day to Father’s Day), and you can hold your drive any time between those dates. We recommend running it for at least two weeks. For more information you can reach out to Ruth Kraus at 646.412.0755 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Set up a sturdy collection bin in a high-traffic area. Decorate with the posters and “most needed items” flyers included in your toollkit (digital toolkits available at https://www.cityharvest.org/programs/food-drives/).
3. Publicize your food drive. Spread the word about your drive to get others involved. Ideas include: throw a food drive kick-off party, have a friendly competition between departments or classes, send reminder emails, post an announcement on your website, or give each participant a bag to take home and fill with food.
If you have any questions you can call Justin Huebener at 212.282.2162 or JHUEBENER@rockefellergroup.com.