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Funding Opportunities

The Office of Civic Engagement offers a variety of funding resources for students, staff, faculty, and non-profit organizations.


Food Drives

Hosting a food drive is a great way to give back and provide a very essential need to our community. Please review the information below to get started on your food drive today!

Starting Your Food Drive

Students, staff and faculty are invited to coordinate your own mini-drive within your club, group, office or division! Once all of the donations have been dropped off to a central place designated by you please contact the Center for Student Activities, Leadership and Service at 212-998-4700 or the Office of Civic Engagement at 212-998-2329 to arrange for a pick-up by one of our local organizations.

Mini-Drive Check List

  • Circulate and post fliers in your office, department, division, or residence hall. This will inform people how and where to bring food donations.
  • E-mail, stuff mailboxes, and spread the word at your regular meetings about your mini drive.
  • Call the Center for Student Activities, Leadership and Service or the Office of Civic Engagement if you need information on local organizations, statistics on hunger and homelessness, or information on requests for specific types of food.
  • Determine a specific centralized place in your office or residence hall for donors to drop off donations. Please select a collection site that is highly visible and in a secure area.
  • Call the Center for Student Activities, Leadership and Service or the Office of Civic Engagement to arrange a convenient time for a pick-up of all the donations from your mini drive.

Sample Grocery List

Things to donate:

  • Applesauce (plastic only)
  • Baby Food
  • Beans (canned or dried)
  • Cake or Brownie Mix
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Meats
  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Coffee
  • Cookies
  • Condiments (plastic only)
  • Crackers
  • Dried Beans
  • Dried Fruit
  • Fruit Roll-ups
  • Granola Bars
  • Infant Formula
  • Jello or Pudding Mix
  • Jelly/Jam/Preserves
  • Juices and Drinks
  • Oatmeal/Cream of Wheat
  • Pancake Mix
  • Pasta and Grains
  • Peanut Butter (plastic only)
  • Parmalat or Dried Milk
  • Prepared Foods (plastic jars only)
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Tuna or Sardines
  • Rice
  • Soups
  • Teas and Cocoas
  • Vegetable/Olive Oil (plastic only)

Things not to donate:

  • Anything in Glass (except Baby Food)
  • Baked Goods
  • Butter
  • Cakes
  • Cleaning Products
  • Cold Cuts
  • Doughnuts
  • Eggs
  • Fresh Fish & Seafood
  • Fresh Produce
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Ice Cream
  • Meat (fresh or frozen)
  • Milk
  • Paper Products
  • Pastries
  • Toiletries
  • TV Dinners
  • Yogurt
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Clothing Drives

Thanks to the generosity of the NYU Community, over 50 tons of gently used clothing has been donated to local non-profit agencies over the past 12 years. Clothing drive initiatives are hosted by schools, divisions and student organizations throughout the year.

Individuals wishing to donate on an episodic basis should contact the local agencies listed below. It is advised to call in advance and confirm that the agency is currently accepting donations.

Salvation Army
31 West 8th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 995-5384

Bowery Mission
227 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
(212) 674-3456

220 East 23rd Street (Between 2nd and 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10010
(212) 447-7270

Momentum AIDS Project**
322 8th Avenue (at 26th Street)
New York, NY 10001
(212) 691-8100

**Men's Clothing only

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