Donate Goods, Food or Clothing


Donate clothingWhen you donate goods, food or clothing to The Bowery Mission, you impact the lives of the poor and homeless in New York City. This year, our donors and volunteers helped The Bowery Mission provide more than 369,200 meals, 30,500 bags of groceries, and 53,200 articles of clothing to men, women and children in desperate need of help.  We rely on donated food and clothing to meet these important needs.

We gratefully accept donations 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 227 Bowery in Manhattan (Click here for directions to The Bowery Mission).  It is always helpful to call ahead.  We do not typically pick up donations, but if you have an extraordinarily large or unusual donation, please call Matt Krivich at 212-674-3456 to inquire about a pickup.

Some basic guidelines:

  • Food – Non-perishable, bulk, and staple items (dry and canned) are best, but we are usually able to accept even prepared foods, as long as it is fresh with the packaging intact.
  • Clothing – Clean, new and gently used clothing of all types is helpful.  Large sizes are especially helpful.  We are always in need of new underwear/undershirts and socks, new and gently used jeans and shoes, and professional clothing for those looking for work or re-entering the workforce.  In the winter, we are especially in need of warm outerwear: coats, jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves.
  • Linens – We are always in need of bath towels, face cloths, twin-size sheets and blankets, standard-size pillows and pillowcases, and sleeping bags.
  • Furniture – Please call ahead, as we have very limited storage room.  We generally cannot accept mattresses, unless they are brand new and in their original packaging.

If you drop off the item in person, you will be given an in-kind gift receipt that describes the item(s) and allows you to assign a value.  If the value exceeds $500, you may be required to file IRS Form 8283 and obtain an appraisal if the value exceeds $5,000.

We are committed to using your contribution wisely and respecting your privacy.  Click here to read our Pledge of Accountability.

If you are considering a food or clothing drive at your congregation, organization, workplace or school, please let us know. We will work with you to launch a successful drive that will bless those we serve.

Find out about other ways to donate.