Providing food assistance by opening a soup kitchen or food pantry is a big responsibility – requiring a great deal of time, funds and energy – but its rewards can be even greater. At Long Island Cares, we’re here to help. One of Long Island’s most comprehensive hunger assistance organizations, we annually distribute more than six million pounds of food via our network of member agencies.
Membership is open to community-based programs providing meals or food packages such as food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, shelters, day care centers and rehabilitation programs.
Before initiating a food program of your own, you might also consider partnering with agencies that are already distributing food in your community by providing volunteer or financial support to help them expand their hours or the number of people they serve.