To assist the increasing number of individuals and families turning to local food pantries and food banks for assistance, Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank operates three emergency food pantries: one in our Hauppauge headquarters, the Nassau Service Center in Freeport and the South Shore Service Center in Lindenhurst.
These First Stop Food Pantries provide individuals and families in need with up to five days’ worth of food, along with information about critical community resources such as food stamps, Child Health Plus, WIC, heating and utility assistance, employment resources and mortgage assistance.
Nassau Service Center
Located in Freeport, New York, this center is a First Stop Pantry and provider of a broad array of community services for Long Islanders experiencing hunger or food insecurity in an accessible storefront location. In addition to the large food pantry, the center offers job development services as well as entitlement and referral services. It is also utilized for required training for member agencies located in Nassau County and serves as headquarters for our “Students Fighting Hunger” Volunteer Corps.
South Shore Service Center
Responding to the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, Long Island Cares opened the South Shore Service Center in an effort to offer ongoing support and supplies to those affected by the storm. This satellite site offers a food pantry, special supplies and nonfood-related item pantry as well as a small conference and training area.