Food And Fund Drives

Food Drive Resources

Coordinator Guide

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Food & Fund Drive Poster

Thermometer Flyer

Suggested Donations



Frequently Asked Questions


Getting Started

How do I start a Food and Fund Drive?
Please register to host a food and fund drive. Once you register, our Food Drive Coordinator will be in touch to get you everything you need!

How long should my Food and Fund Drive last?
Some food and fund drives last for just one day while others span the entire year. If you have never hosted a food and fund drive before, consider hosting a drive for one to two weeks.

How do I pick up Food and Fund Drive supplies?
You can pick up food drive supplies at any of our warehouse locations. Be sure to register online first.

Does Island Harvest provide Food Drive boxes?

Yes! We have very convenient Food Drive boxes that store flat. It holds approximately 170 pounds.  Boxes can be picked up at any of our locations.  Please make sure to register online so we know to expect you.

You may also use your own boxes or bins. Print a poster from the “Food Drive Resources” page and attach it to your box.

Can our filled Food Drive boxes be picked up?
Yes, but we ask that you commit to collecting over 500 pounds if you are requesting a pick up.  This will help us better utilize our resources.  When scheduling pickups, we do require a one-week notice.  However, we have two distribution centers that you can easily drop your food off at any time.

Can we schedule a specific time for pick up?

Our drivers are out Monday through Friday, from 8AM to 1PM. We base our pickup schedules on your hours of operation, but unfortunately we cannot schedule specific pickup times throughout the day.

What if I need an additional pickup or want to cancel an already scheduled pickup?
To cancel a scheduled pickup, please call at least 2 days before the pickup date so we can coordinate our driver’s schedules and save on fuel costs.

What if I’m hosting a long term Food and Fund Drive?
If you’re hosting a long term Food and Fund Drive and need to swap out your boxes, please contact our Food Drive Coordinator, Jordan Buffa at (631) 873-4775 ext. 243 or

What are your most-needed food items?
Please see here.


How do I turn in financial donations?
Checks can be mailed to Island Harvest, 15 Grumman Rd West, Suite 1450, Bethpage 11714 and cash and/or checks can be delivered to any of our locations.

How are financial donations counted toward my organization’s Food and Fund Drive total?
In order for your organization to receive credit for participants’ contributions, the following must be included with all checks or cash gifts to the Food Bank:

–     Clearly write ‘FOOD DRIVE’ on the envelope

–     Name of your organization or group clearly indicated with donation

Please tell your participants to write this on checks that are mailed directly to Island Harvest.

How do I apply for my company’s matching gifts?
Many corporations have a matching gift program. Please consult your Human Resources department to see if your company matches charitable contributions and follow their instructions for applying for a match.