Off-Site Opportunities

Food Drives

Each month the Pantry focuses on one or more kinds of food. See the calendar below.   If you have large quantities of food that you would like to donate please contact Jen Winter at (917) 720-9710 or
2015 - 2016 Food Drive Calendar
Contact Jen Winter at (917) 720-9710
PDF Version of the 2015 - 2016 Food Drive Calendar

Make Sandwiches

Make Sandwiches!

One of the easiest ways to volunteer is to make sandwiches for our Brown Bag program through Help 365 and bring them to the service window Thursday through Saturday from 9:00am to 6:00pm or Sunday 2:00pm to 6:00 PM.  Sandwiches can be any kind but must be sealed individually (preferably in zip-lock bags).  We can generally accept 1-200 sandwiches.  To ensure that we are providing fresh sandwiches that are up to all health and food safety standards, anyone preparing sandwiches must wear gloves and hats or hairnets with their hair pulled back.

Clothing Donations

Donate New Clothing!

Due to storage limitations, the Common Pantry accepts donations of new clothing only.  Please contact Jen Winter, Development Associate for Volunteer Services, at or (917) 720-9710 to coordinate this donation.

Toy Drive

In honor of a long-time supporter, the Common Pantry has named its holiday drive the Larry Morales Toy Drive.  When Larry and his wife Doreen (a dedicated Common Pantry board member), first walked into the Pantry in December of 1983 they noticed a small tree with 3-4 gifts underneath while a group of 50 boys and girls eagerly lined up for a gift.  For Larry and Doreen, this was a call to action.

What followed was a 25-year tradition; the Morales Annual Holiday Party where friends were invited to come share in some holiday cheer and provide 2 or 3 gifts for the children in need at the Common Pantry.  Larry Morales passed away in April of 2010 and to honor his role in helping provide thousands of children with holiday gifts, we ask you to contribute to the Larry Morales Toy Drive.

For more information and to schedule a pick up please contact Jen Winter at (917) 720-9710 or  The final day for pick is Wednesday, December 16th, 2015.

Click here (or the graphic below) to participate.
2015 Toy Drive

Turkey Drive

The annual Turkey Drive starts in late August and continues until Thanksgiving.   Please contact Jen Winter at 917-720-9710, or at for more information.

Donate Securely:  2015 Turkey Drive

Donate Online Securely

View our Turkey Drive invitation.