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 each at our Nassau Service Center in Freeport, our South Shore Service Center in Lindenhurst, and our Harry Chapin Food Bank and Humanitarian Center in Huntington Station.
These First Stop Pantries provide individuals and families in need with up to five days’ worth of food, along with information about critical community resources such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known 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 and entitlement and referral services. It is also utilized for required training for member agencies located in Nassau County, and serves as headquarters for our Student Volunteer Corps.
South Shore Service Center
Long Island Cares opened the South Shore Service Center in Lindenhurst, New York in an effort to offer ongoing support and supplies to those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Besides a First Stop Pantry, this satellite site offers a special supplies and non-food pantry, as well as a small conference and training area.
Harry Chapin Food Bank and Humanitarian Center
The Harry Chapin Food Bank and Humanitarian Center is located in Huntington Station, near the part of Long Island that our founder called home. Besides being a First Stop Pantry, it is also the headquarters for all of our Veterans Services, including Military Appreciation Tuesdays. It also has a new conference and training room.