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Canned Food Drive

Canned Food Drive 

Help us feed our neighbors this holiday season. Let’s do something tangible to be kind to others. We’re collecting canned food from Monday, November 18 to Saturday, December 28. Last year we collected more than 3,000 pounds of food – this year our goal is 6,000 pounds. That’s more than a ton of kindness! 



1. When is the food drive going to begin and end?

The It's Time for Kind Canned Food Drive runs for three weeks. It begins on Monday, November 18th and concludes on Saturday, December 28th.

2. What items are being collected?

Only canned goods are being accepted during the Food Drive. You may donate items such as canned vegetables, soups, beans, chili, and fruit. Please do not contribute dry goods, perishable foods, or toiletries of any kind.

3. Where can I drop off my items?

You may donate canned goods at all open Queens Public Library branches. Collection bins will be available to drop off donations.  A library staff member can direct you to the exact location of the bins within each branch.

4. When can I drop off my items?

Donated items may be dropped off during normal business hours. To view a schedule of library hours of operations, visit us online at

5. Where is the food going to be distributed?

Queens Public Library is partnering with the Food Bank For New York City to collect and distribute donations to a citywide network of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other programs serving communities and individuals in need of assistance. Food will be distributed to all boroughs including Queens.

6. How much food is being collected?

Queens Public Library aims to collect 6,000 pounds of canned goods.

7. Can I donate dry goods, toiletries, or other non-perishable items?

No. We ask you to donate only canned food.

8. What should I do if I want to donate items other than canned goods?

Visit the Food Bank For New York City to locate nearby food pantries, soup kitchens, or programs accepting donations. Go to for more information.

9. Can I donate expired or near expired items?

We ask that all donated items be at least one month before the expiration date. This will help to ensure that items are in good condition to consume safely.

10. Is it possible to drop off items at a Queens Public Library location before November 18th or after December 28th?

No.  Queens Public Library can only collect canned food items during the canned food drive period, which is Monday, November 18 through Saturday, December 28. If you would like to donate canned food or other items before or after the campaign, please contact the Food Bank For New York City at