Tommy Driver
NYCP’s food rescue program accepts and picks up perfectly good food from a growing number of restaurants, caterers, food markets, supermarkets and events that would otherwise be thrown away.  This food helps NYCP with the more than 8 million meals it distributes annually to the over 2 million New Yorkers that are food insecure.*  Over forty percent of food is wasted each year in our city and country, food that ends up in garbage cans, dumpsters and contributing to climate change due to the release of methane from landfills.  Despite that, food waste, like food insecurity, has a solution. NYCP’s food rescue program minimizes food waste AND food insecurity by distributing the food to hungry New Yorkers through our Hot Meals, Choice Pantry, Mobile Pantry and Brown Bag programs.  While NYCP can handle large donations, smaller donations are also accepted and can often be distributed immediately and/or repurposed by our industrious and creative cook staff.  By accepting food donations, NYCP can help food businesses minimize food waste and the impact to the environment, and also help provide tax relief.

*IN FY21 NYCP is slated to distribute over 8 million meals.  During the COVID-19 pandemic food insecurity in NYC rose from 1.2 to over 2 million, according to NYC’s Office of Food Policy.


Schedule a Donation Pick-Up


“Do you operate a food-related business or regularly have food available to donate? We offer donation pick-ups by our drivers, or you can drop off your donations at our locations. Over 70% of the food we provide comes from donations made from donors like you!”



  • Free up space at your location
  • No legal liability to donate
  • Avoid food waste while fighting hunger


  • Shelf-Stable/Non Perishable Foods
  • Fresh Produce (Fruits & Vegetables)
  • Prepared Foods


Hours and Locations for Donation Drop-Offs;

Choice Pantry Manhattan & Hot Meals Program
8 East 109th Street
New York, NY 10029
(Shelf-Stable Food Items, Fresh Produce, Sandwiches)
Monday – Saturday 9:30AM to 3:30PM

Choice Pantry Bronx
1290 Hoe Avenue
Bronx, NY 10459
(Shelf-Stable Food Items and Fresh Produce only)
Tuesday – Friday 9:30AM to 1:00PM

Tools and Resources


Food Donation Enquiries: