City Harvest and the New York Daily News Kick Off New York City’s Largest Annual Holiday Food Drive




City Harvest, New York City’s largest food rescue organization, and the Daily News will kick off their 36th Annual Food Drive at 10am on Tuesday, October 23, at the FDNY’s Engine 7/Ladder 1 firehouse located at 104 Duane Street in Manhattan.
The Daily News Food Drive is the largest annual food drive in NYC and crucial to City Harvest’s efforts to help feed the more than 1.2 million New Yorkers who struggle to put meals on their tables regularly, and especially during the holidays. Last year, New Yorkers donated over one million pounds of non-perishable food.
                               
Daily News Editor-in-Chief Robert York; City Harvest Chief External Relations Office Gregory Boroff; City Harvest Director of Food Sourcing Lisa Sposato; FDNY First Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanagh; and Inspector Paul Valerga, Commanding Officer of the NYPD Community Outreach Division will speak at the kickoff event and urge New Yorkers 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.
The most needed items include canned fruit, canned vegetables, peanut butter (plastic jars), macaroni and cheese (packaged), hot and cold cereal (packaged, family-sized), and soups. Non-perishable food 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.
                               
Schools, churches, synagogues, and local businesses are invited to run their own drives. Last year, 329 schools collected over 250,000 pounds of food. All participating schools will be entered in the “Kids Can Help Competition” and the school in each borough that collects the most food will win a prize courtesy of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Last year’s winner, P.S. 41 in Manhattan, will also be at this year’s kickoff event to help load the City Harvest truck with the first food donations of the year’s drive.
Individuals, organizations, and businesses who are interested in donating funds can make direct donations to the Daily News Virtual Food Drive. One dollar helps City Harvest feed four New Yorkers in need for a day.
The drive is supported by the FDNY, NYPD, NYC Department of Education, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, The Starr Foundation, Blue Apron, D'Agostino Supermarkets, FreshDirect, Apple Bank, and Goodwill of NY and NJ.
WHEN:                 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 10 am
WHO:                   Robert York, Editor-in-Chief, Daily News
                                Laura Kavanagh, FDNY First Deputy Commissioner
                                Paul Valerga, Commanding Officer of the NYPD Community Outreach Division
                                Gregory Boroff, Chief External Relations Officer, City Harvest
                                Lisa Sposato, Director of Food Sourcing, City Harvest
                                Students from P.S. 41, Manhattan
               
WHERE:               FDNY Engine Co 7 / Hook & Ladder Co No 1
                                104 Duane Street (between Broadway and Church Streets)

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