Long Island Cares COVID-19 Updates

April 28, 2020

*Update as of June 22, 2020 *
Long Island Cares COVID19 Emergency response statistics:
March – May, 2020

  • Number of people assisted at satellites that were registered prior to COVID-19 – 18,817
  • Number of new people assisted due to COVID-19 – 48,973
  • Number of home deliveries due to COVID-19 – 390 
  • Total Number of people assisted – 68,180 (Registered, new, and home deliveries)

Numbers compared to March, April, May of 2019

  • Total number of new people assisted due to COVID-19 – 49,363 (72.4% increase)
  • Total pounds of food distributed 3,601,223 (39% increase)
  • Total amount of meals provided 4,573,541 (39% increase)
  • Increase of food insecurity on Long Island  (20%)

Our phones are being answered by administrative staff 24/7. *Due to an extreme amount of calls, please allow 24-48 hours for a response.
We are distributing boxes of food and other supply packages to those in critical need at six locations (satellites and Hauppauge), Monday-Friday, and evenings and weekend by appointment only. (Locations and open hours posted below)
Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank continues to implement a number of actions and safety measures to assist the community during the current coronavirus pandemic.
The role of our regional food bank in providing emergency food to people in need is a critical component of our regional and statewide response to COVID-19 pandemic.
Long Island Cares, Inc. will continue to rely upon messaging disseminated by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and the New York State Department of Health to guide our response to this national emergency. Read our most recent Press Release

Monetary Donations:

We are extremely grateful to the many people and corporations that have contacted us to offer their assistance during this time of crisis.
If you would like to donate, please click here Donate Now! or contact our Development Department at (631) 582-3663 Ext 103

Virtual Food Drive:
These items are most needed by families on Long Island during this crisis.

Mobile Distributions:

Long Island Cares provides several mobile outreach programs that deliver emergency food to seniors, veterans, children and the homeless.
• The Aspara’Gus’ Children’s Food Truck
• Support Our Seniors (S.O.S.)
• Mobile Outreach Resource Enterprise (M.O.R.E.)
As we adhere to the request of our elected officials to practice social distancing and limit contact with people who might be at-risk for COVID-19, our staff has been instructed to use precautions such as wearing masks, gloves, sanitizing vehicles, and not having physical contact. Our mobile distributions will continue following these precautions and providing foods that are prepackaged only through our warehouse.
Schedules for the Mobile Distributions can be found on our Facebook Events page. Click Here
If you are unable to get to any of these locations and are in need of immediate help or you know of someone, please call us at 631-582-FOOD (3663) ext. 109 or email us at [email protected].

Please allow 24-48 hours for a response.

In the event we do a home delivery, we will only be allowed to drop off food boxes as opposed to entering the home as an added precaution.

Food Distribution

Long Island Cares operates satellite locations including, its own emergency food pantries at several community locations. The public is encouraged to visit the location closest to them if they are in need of food. To insure the safety of our staff and our limited number of volunteers, our satellite centers will serve 6 families at a time and limit the number of people in our waiting rooms.
If you are in need please contact a location nearest to you to make an appointment, and to have food boxes delivered to your vehicle as we limit access to our sites.
All of our locations are open during the following hours with the exception of our Hauppauge and Baxter’s Pet Pantry locations:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM; Tuesday-Thursday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
All offices are closed Saturday and Sunday.
Please contact your site prior to make an appointment.  
Care Coordinators: Please contact the site to make an appointment for pick up.
• Due to an extreme amount of calls,  please allow 24-48 hours for a response.
For a complete listing of our local food pantries, soup kitchens and other programs visit:
Hunger Assistance & Humanitarian Center of the Hamptons
286 West Montauk Highway
(631) 613-3344
Hampton Bays

Long Island Cares- The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank
Open Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
10 Davids Drive (Harry Chapin Way)
Hauppauge, NY
(631) 582-FOOD

Long Island Cares First Stop Pantry/Harry Chapin Humanitarian Center
220 Broadway
Huntington Station
(631) 824-6384

Nassau Center for Collaborative Assistance
21 East Sunrise Highway
(516) 442-5221

South Shore Service Center
163-1 North Wellwood Avenue
(631) 991-8106

Baxter’s Pet Pantry & Retail Food Rescue Center
161 North Wellwood Avenue
(631) 991-8106


Although as a practice we welcome and appreciate everyone willing to volunteer and assist us, the current situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic requires us to limit the number of new volunteers we can accommodate at this time to insure the health and safety of our staff and the many people we serve.
For volunteer opportunities please contact [email protected]

General Inquiries

For non-emergency or additional questions, please email: [email protected] and allow 24-48 hours for a response or visit our website at:


New Food Distribution Centers Opening Soon