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Contribute to Our Canned Food Drive at the Library!

From December 1-31, we are collecting canned food at seven library locations to feed our neighbors.

For the fourth year, we are partnering with the Food Bank for NYC to address hunger. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 1.9 million New Yorkers experienced food insecurity, including one in five children. The pandemic has only intensified our neighbors’ need for help to put food on the table.

Join us as we share what we can to help stop hunger.

Bring your canned food donation to any one of these locations:



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

The It's Time for Kind Canned Food Drive begins on Wednesday, December 1st and concludes on Friday, December 31st.

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 foods0 or toiletries of any kind.

3. Where can I drop off my items?

You may donate canned goods at the Broadway, Cambria Heights, Central, Far Rockaway, Glen Oaks, Peninsula, and Ridgewood 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 local organizations, agencies, and programs within Queens.

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

No. We ask you to donate only canned food.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Is it possible to drop off items at a Queens Public Library location before December 1st or after December 31st?

No. Queens Public Library can only collect canned food items during the canned food drive period, which is Wednesday, December 1 through Friday, December 31. 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