Annual Helping Hands Food Drive Underway

November 20, 2019
Food drive donations bin

Each autumn, Columbians show their generosity by participating in the Helping Hands Food Drive, a partnership of Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Donations go a long way to support local residents in need. With Thanksgiving 2019 only a few weeks away, the food drive is back in action and accepting nonperishable food items through Thursday, Nov. 21.
Nonperishable items can be dropped off in bins (pictured) at these campus locations: 

  • Allan Rosenfield lobby (722 W. 168th St.)
  • Russ Berrie Pavilion lobby (1150 St. Nicholas Ave.)
  • Black Building lobby (650 W. 168th St.)
  • Georgian Building lobby (617 W. 168th St.)
  • Milstein Hospital lobby (177 Fort Washington Ave.)
  • School of Nursing lobby (560 W. 168th St.)
  • Hammer building lobby (701 W. 168th St.)
  • Parking garage (Fort Washington Avenue and West 164th Street)

All nonperishables are welcome, though the following items are much appreciated:

  • Canned cranberry sauce / 15.5 oz.
  • Canned pasta or soup / 15.5 oz.
  • Canned fruit / 15.5 oz.
  • Canned tuna fish / 5 oz.

The Fresh Youth Initiatives' Helping Hands Food Bank has been feeding thousands of people in the Washington Heights and Inwood communities for 16 years and each year distributes more than 80,000 pounds of nonperishables. For more information, contact the CUIMC Office of Government & Community Affairs at 212-305-8060 or email