Toy Drives are supported by schools, corporations, and faith-based organizations. NYCP’s holiday toy drive is named in honor of long-time supporter Larry Morales. When Larry and his wife Doreen arrived at the Pantry in December of 1983 they saw a small tree with no more than 5 gifts under it. A group of 50 girls and boys were eagerly waiting in line.  For Larry and Doreen, this was a call to action.

The annual Morales Holiday Party was born, becoming a 30-year tradition of friends sharing holiday cheer and providing gifts for children in need. Larry Morales passed away in April of 2010 and soon after the drive was named for him. Please join us in honoring his role in providing thousands of children with holiday gifts by making a contribution to the Larry Morales Toy Drive.

Due to COVID-19 we will be collecting monetary gifts to distribute gift cards to help assist families in need.


Year-round Food Drives help New York Common Pantry feed greater numbers of hungry New Yorkers every year. You can help by starting a Food Drive at your office, school, or place of worship. NYCP’s annual Food Drives include:

Would you like to start a Food Drive collection at a different time?  To schedule pick up of large donations, please complete our Food Pick Up form.

Thanksgiving Drive Information

Questions about donating food or starting a Food Drive for NYCP? Call Andre Thompson, Food Programs Director, at (917)720-9724 or email