The Consulate General of Japan in New York and The Japanese American Association of New York, Inc. welcome support from the community for their Japanese food drive for Food Bank for NYC. With the eleventh anniversary of the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster in Tohoku approaching, the organizations hope to commemorate the tragedy of March 11 by collecting donations of non-perishable Japanese food and giving them to New Yorkers in need.
Acceptable Donations of Non-Perishable Japanese Food
• Bags of rice (can be donated to Food Bank to prepare meals)
• Canned meat/fish
• Snacks such as senbei crackers, cookies, sweets (the healthier the better)
• Soba and udon
• Japanese food that Americans unaccustomed to Japanese cuisine can enjoy, nothing too exotic
• Boxes of Japanese tea bags
Drop off Donations
The Japanese American Association of New York, Inc. (JAA)
49 W. 45th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), 11th Floor
Please drop off your donations by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 10.
Purchase Items to Donate
Sunrise Mart and Dainobu have Food Bank boxes at their locations, so you can purchase non-perishable items and place them directly in the collection boxes. This allows you to support local Japanese-owned businesses while also supporting New Yorkers in need.
Participating Sunrise Mart Locations
12 E. 41st Street (between 5th and Madison Avenues)
4 Stuyvesant Street (at 3rd Avenue in the East Village)
Participating Dainobu Location
129 E. 47th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Avenues)
If you prefer to make a monetary donation, please send contributions via PayPal or credit card to JAA by clicking here. Please indicate “3.11 Japanese Food Drive” in the notes section. JAA will use ALL funds to purchase Japanese food products for Food Bank for NYC.
Donated items will be used by Food Bank to stock its family food pantry, handed out as grab-and-go kits, or used to make meals in their community kitchen. Food Bank also has an urgent need for diapers and sanitary napkins for the people they serve as well.
Act of Friendship
Members of New York’s Japanese community volunteer each year on March 11 to thank the city for its great support of Japan in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011. The Consulate and JAA organized this year’s Japanese food drive to promote the unity of all New Yorkers in the face of the pandemic.
About Food Bank for New York City
Since 1983, Food Bank for New York City has provided more than 1.2 billion meals to New Yorkers in need through their community kitchen, food pantry, and mobile pantry. Its food distribution program provides approximately 80 million free meals per year to New Yorkers in need.
They are located at 252 W. 116th Street in West Harlem. For more information, please visit their website.