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For a Long Island event that makes a difference, attend one of these fundraisers in support of Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank, one of our region’s most comprehensive hunger assistance organizations. Since our organization was founded by the late singer, Grammy Award-winning songwriter and social activist Harry Chapin, music is part of our operations – and fundraising efforts – so check back here often to see who’s bringing their talents to benefit Long Islanders experiencing hunger, poverty or food insecurity.

Hunger Action Day

September 12, 2019

September 12th 2019 is Hunger Action Day.
Please donate your 'Dollars For Dinners'

Did you know that just $1.12 provides a meal for somebody in need? Because of the partnerships Long Island Cares has with local farmers and food providers, we are able to buy food at wholesale price and distribute it for FREE to people in need. We work with a network of agencies, food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters to take care of the most vulnerable in our communities.

We never turn somebody away if they come to us seeking help. This is a practice we have maintained for almost 40 years.

On September 12th, we will once again be nationally acknowledging Hunger Action Day, a day when the country comes together to take action toward fighting hunger. This year, we're looking to raise $5,000 and we're doing it one dollar at a time.

Here's how it works:
1. Donate $1 to Long Island Cares on September 12th (or sooner).
2. Share a paper plate selfie on social media with the words "1 dollar = 1 meal."
3. Tag to 3 friends and nominate them to donate too.

It's amazing how small ripples can create big waves. DONATE HERE, see how much we've raised, and we'll watch how big those waves can be!

A Night Of Reggae And Roots Music

September 13, 2019


Please support Long Island Cares and the fight against hunger by joining us on Friday, September 13th at Mulcahy's in Wantagh. All proceeds will go toward purchasing food and supporting programs that help struggling Long Islanders feed themselves and their families. Tickets are going quickly.

Purchase your tickets online before September 1, and receive your tickets for just $25. Ticket prices go up to $30 on September 1 and $35 if you purchase them at the door. Get yours here!

Check Out Hunger

October 1, 2019

Once again, Long Island Cares, Inc., The Harry Chapin Food Bank in cooperation with supermarket chains on Long Island, is proud to participate in its 27th Annual Check-Out Hunger® campaign that will run from October-January. Our retail partners run the campaign at varying times over the four-month period, and shoppers can donate whenever they see the Check-Out Hunger® displays.  Participating COH locations are:

If you’d like to make a donation during this campaign, simply tear off a $1, $3, or $5 coupon and hand it to the cashier to add a donation onto your bill. 100% of the donations collected in Nassau and Suffolk counties will be donated to Long Island Cares to assist the 270,000 Long Islanders who struggle with food insecurity every day.

Thank you for your support!


October 23, 2019

Canstruction is the most unique food charity in the world!

For thousands on Long Island, the day begins and ends with the anguish of hunger. Canstruction Long Island is determined to end this suffering. At our event, teams are given 12 hours to defy expectations, logic and gravity as they build fantastic sculptures from thousands of cans of food. Driven by the knowledge that their structures will change lives by lifting the spirits of those in need, by raising public awareness, and most importantly, by filling the shelves of local food banks dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to bring their creations to life. The following day, the super-sized masterpieces are judged in a variety of categories as these unconventional art exhibits are opened to the public. The cost of admission: just one can of food. At the end of the exhibition, all cans are donated to help feed the hungry on Long Island.

Structure Buildout:                   October 23, 2019    4 pm - 4 am
Awards Reception:                    October 24, 2019    6 pm - 9 pm
Exhibit Open to the Public:    October 25-November 11, 2019
8 am - 6 pm everyday
RXR Plaza, Uniondale, NY

For more information about this event, please click here!