Staten Island Hunger Task Force

How Can I Help?

You can help in at least five ways: By advocating for SNAP and other forms of protection, by donating food, by volunteering, by donating household goods, and by giving money.

How to Donate Food


Food donations are covered under the federal and NY state Good Samaritan laws. Click here for more information (from City Harvest).

To donate food, find a pantry or soup kitchen near you and call them to make an appointment to drop food off. Some pantries don't have refrigeration or freezers, so make sure they can accept what you want to bring.

In season, many pantries will accept fruits and vegetables from your garden, although some won't be able to store fragile fruits and vegetables (for example, raspberries or baby lettuce) for more than a day. Try to pick and deliver the same day that the pantry or soup kitchen is open. For more information about garden donations, see the AmpleHarvest.Org website.

Keep in mind that financial donations are helpful since emergency food providers (pantries and soup kitchens) can buy food at steep discounts and by doing so, fill in gaps in the pantries. For example, they may have shelves of powdered mashed potatoes but no tuna fish or other proteins.


To set up a food drive, contact us at hungeronstatenisland -at-

You can also run a food drive through City Harvest.

Supermarkets, bakeries, grocery stores:

Food donations are covered under the federal and NY state Good Samaritan laws. Click here for more information (from City Harvest).

You can donate food two ways: through City Harvest or through a relationship with an emergency food provider.

On Staten Island, City Harvest has weight requirements for pick-ups; if a donation is too small for their routes, you can arrange pick-ups with a local emergency food provider. City Harvest can help you arrange the pickup or you can contact the emergency food provider directly. Contact City Harvest at (917) 351-8700. For emergency-food-provider phone numbers, click here to go to the Pantries page.

Staten Island emergency food providers follow the City Harvest donation guidelines, which are based on state and federal requirements. Click here for more information about packaging, storage temperatures, and types of food accepted.

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Growing Food to Donate

Community Gardens: Community gardens and backyard gardens could be, and in some cases already are, a summer and fall source of fresh fruit and vegetables for Staten Island pantries. Resources:

How to Volunteer

Emergency food providers always need help in these areas:

  • Food distribution--helping people get their food
  • Registering people, usually on a computer
  • Managing the lines and enforcing the rules
  • Cooking and serving at soup kitchens
  • Loading and unloading trucks and vans when City Harvest, Food Bank, or other organizations make a big delivery to the Island
  • Driving your truck, van, or SUV to pick up food from local supermarkets, bakeries, and grocery stores
  • Grant-writing and reporting

You can volunteer at your favorite emergency food provider or at Meals on Wheels of Staten Island (volunteer drivers especially needed), or sign up with one of these organizations to go wherever you're needed on the Island:

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Donating Household Items, Clothing, and Books

Some emergency food providers also distribute household items, personal hygiene items, pet food, clothing, and books. Contact your local pantry or soup kitchen to see what they take and if they're currently accepting items.

How to Donate Money

The Staten Island Hunger Task Force cannot accept money but our members can.

You can donate online to some of our members, like Community Health Action, City Harvest, Meals on Wheels, and Project Hospitality.

Join the Staten Island Giving Circle, which now has an Adopt a Pantry program.

Other emergency food providers accept cash or checks. Please call to find out how to make out your check. If a pantry is associated with a church, for example, you may need to make the check out to the church, putting the pantry's name on the memo line.

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