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FAQ Hurricane Sandy


Thank you for contacting the Food Bank For New York City to inquire about how to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Below are answers to Frequently Asked Questions about how to help New Yorkers in need during this crucial time.

Food Manufacturers, Distributors, Wholesalers and Retailers:

Please CLICK HERE for industry-specific information on donating to the Food Bank.

General Public:

Q: Is it more helpful to donate money or food?

A: While the Food Bank accepts both food and monetary donations, monetary donations enable the Food Bank to purchase food at wholesale prices. For every $1 donated, the Food Bank is able to provide 5 meals to New Yorkers in need. CLICK HERE to make a donation today!

Q: How can I invite my friends, family and colleagues to make a financial donation?
A: Hosting a “Virtual” Food Drive is a great way for individuals, organizations and companies to rally their community to make a financial donation to the Food Bank. It takes only a few minutes to set up, people get the satisfaction of “shopping” as they browse the aisles online, select their items, and proceed to “check-out”. The money donated goes further than it would if they purchase the food on their own.

Again, for every $1 donated, the Food Bank is able to provide 5 meals to New Yorkers in need. Plus, limited resources aren’t used to pick up the bags of food collected, drive them to our warehouse, sort and re-package the items and ship them off to their final destination.
CLICK HERE to create your own personal Virtual Food Drive now, and invite your family, friends and colleagues to support your Virtual Food Drive now.

Q: I’ve already started a canned food drive. What are the most urgent product donations needed at this time?
A: First of all, thank you. The most urgently needed items are:

  • water,
  • peanut butter,
  • shelf-stable milk,
  • proteins (tuna, chicken, salmon, sardines, ham, Vienna sausages—preferably in pop-top cans or packets),
  • cereal,
  • granola/breakfast bars,
  • juice boxes,
  • dried fruit,
  • crackers,
  • personal hygiene products, and
  • diapers.


Q: How do we get the food we’ve collected to those in need?
This question has two answers:

  • If you have collected more than 200 pounds of canned goods (described above), call Food Bank For New York City to arrange pick-up within the five boroughs.
  • If you have collected less than 200 pounds of canned goods, due to limited resources, the Food Bank simply cannot arrange for pick-up. However, we invite you to arrange to deliver your food donations directly to one of 800 soup kitchens and food pantries we serve throughout the five boroughs. We ask that you do not drop off donations without first contacting the kitchen or pantry to discuss their needs and confirm hours of operations. Please visit our program locator to find a soup kitchen or food pantry near you.


Q: Can we ship the canned food we’ve collected to the Food Bank?
A: Due to limited resources, the Food Bank cannot accept donations that are shipped to our offices or warehouse.

Q: I have a vehicle and would like to drop off the food we’ve collected to the Food Bank.  Can I do that?

A: No. Due to limited resources, it will be more efficient if you arrange to deliver your food donations directly to one of 800 soup kitchens and food pantries we serve throughout the five boroughs—many probably right in your own neighborhood. Please, do not drop off your donations without first contacting the soup kitchen or pantry to discuss their needs and confirm their hours of operation.

Visit our program locator to find a soup kitchen or food pantry near you.

Q: How do I host a food drive (or my company, community group, church, school…)?
A: Thank you so much for your support. CLICK HERE to register your food drive, whether it is for collecting canned goods, creating a “virtual” food drive, or a combination.

Q: How can a company or individual learn about volunteer opportunities at the Food Bank?
A: The Food Bank simply could not operate without the help of its volunteers. Whether through your company, school, church, and community group or as an individual – we can always use your help. CLICK HERE to learn how you can gift of your time, skills and passion.

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