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    Long Island Cares COVID-19 Updates

    *Update as of 3/24/2020*

    Long Island Cares (LIC) statistics directly related to COVID-19 for last week (3/16-3/22):

    1. Out of 349 LIC member food pantries, a total of 44 have closed.  This represents 13% of our pantries.
    2. Out of 7 LIC member soup kitchens, a total of 2 have closed.  This represents 28.6% of our soup kitchens.
    3. Current inventory in LIC warehouse is 1,075,000 pounds, and additional food is being received weekly.
    4. We anticipate receiving an additional 375,000 pounds of USDA government commodities between 3/23-4/5.
    5. Donated food from food drives/retail donations is down by 23%.
    6. We received a total of 149 inquiries from people in need of emergency food or wanting to volunteer/donate during the first week of responding.
    7. 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.

    The following data pertains to the actual services we’re providing.

    • We are distributing boxes of food and other supply packages at six locations (satellites and Hauppauge), Monday-Friday, and evenings and weekend by appointment only.
    • Number of new visitors being assisted at our satellites during the first week in response to COVID-19 was 107.
    • Number of home deliveries related to COVID-19 was 10.
    • Our Supporting Our Seniors (S.O.S.) staff delivered food packages to 243 seniors during the time period of 3/16-3/22.  Total number of seniors enrolled in S.O.S. is 1,746.
    • On average, our five satellite locations assist 900 seniors per month.
    • Our homeless outreach staff delivered food/supplies to 125 homeless individuals and families.
    • 634 total contacts and interventions with families/individuals directly related to COVID-19 during the week of 3/16-3/22 (this is an addition to the named people we see unrelated to COVID-19)


    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 emergencyresponse@licares.org.

    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 location:
    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: https://www.licares.org/find-help/food-locator.

    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

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

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

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

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

    Hunger Assistance & Humanitarian Center of the Hamptons
    286 West Montauk Highway
    (631) 613-3344

    Hampton Bays


    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 licvolunteer@licares.org

    General Inquiries

    For non-emergency or additional questions, please email: emergencyresponse@licares.org and allow 24-48 hours for a response or visit our website at: www.licares.org


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