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Education and Training

Education and training are key components to understanding hunger and poverty on Long Island, New York – and to winning our fight against them.

Long Island Cares offers a variety of opportunities for the community to learn about such important issues as food insecurity, the root causes of poverty, nutrition and, ultimately, the ongoing fight to end hunger. We also work to provide those at risk of food insecurity with the skills and resources they need to overcome their individual challenges.

Conducted within schools, clubs, local businesses and faith-based organizations or at any of our facilities, these programs include: 

  • Hunger 101: To Walk in the Shoes of a Person in Need. The principal education component of The Harry Chapin Food Bank, this role-play and discussion activity raises awareness and understanding of hunger and its many causes.
  • Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY), one of New York State’s premier nutrition education services available to low-income families.
  • New Paths to Achievement, which prepares economically disadvantaged women to become financially independent by boosting their self-esteem and giving them specific employment-seeking skills to help them reenter the workforce.
  • Kids United Against Hunger. Funded by United Way of Long Island, this joint project enables children in grades 3 through 8 to volunteer at The Harry Chapin Food Bank in Hauppauge.
  • Student Volunteer Corps. This program introduces students to the mission and operations of Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Food Bank in hopes of generating a new wave of volunteers to assist local pantries in the fight against hunger on Long Island.

For more information about Long Island Cares’ educational and/or training opportunities, contact us.