Host a Food Drive

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Food Drives are a big part of what we do.  They are the source for much of the more than eight million pounds of food we distribute each year. The best part? Food Drives are simple, fun, and a rewarding experience.  We offer many free tools to help make yours successful. Complete the quick registration form linked below for access to our official food drive boxes, large color posters, and pickup service.  Find a food drive near you and get inspired!

We have donation drop off centers throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Answers to all of your Frequently Asked Questions: 

What are your top three most needed items? 

Pet Food                     Personal Care Kits                Paper Products

Does Long Island Cares supply boxes and posters for food drives?

YES! – Our boxes hold approximately 100 pounds of donations. Here’s a picture.

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Long Island Cares accepts more than just food. Should donations be sorted?

No but they can be.

To make hosting a drive easy, donations are NOT required to be pre-sorted, although additional boxes can be supplied if you wish to sort as part of an incentive challenge or food drive goal. Please download our list of most needed items to find out what donations are accepted.

Is there a minimum pound requirement for donation pickup?

No! But we appreciate all efforts you put forth to deliver the items to us.

We do not require a minimum pound requirement for pickups from those businesses, schools, supermarkets and community events that are unable to deliver the items to us.  In addition, donations can be dropped off at any of Long Island Cares’ three convenient locations in Hauppauge, Freeport and Lindenhurst. Please see homepage for hours and addresses.

Have another food drive idea? Long Island Cares would like to hear about it. To share your idea, or for more information on how to start a food drive, please contact fooddrive@licares.org.


February through April – 4th Annual Legislative Pet Food Drive


March through June – The Annual Spring Food Drive

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