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Faces of Hunger

Who are the faces of hunger on Long Island? More often than not, they are people who are just like you. In fact, fewer than 5 percent of the individuals served by Long Island Cares and other organizations fighting poverty and hunger in our community are homeless.

Many more Long Islanders who are facing hunger or are food insecure are the elderly, the disabled, veterans, single moms and the working poor: families who often have to choose between buying food . . . and losing their homes. The majority are families with children. In fact, nearly 40 percent – the largest population – of people in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, NY, helped by Long Island Cares are under age 18.

Here are the stories of some of them, as well as those of the volunteers and some of the more than 580 nonprofit agencies that make up the Long Island Cares network. We invite you to read their stories then find out how you can make a difference in their lives.


    Charlotte, Keeping Her Independence

    Charlotte is 93 years old and lives alone, but still remains independent, able to care and cook for herself. She was referred to the Mobile Pantry of Long Island Cares by Suffolk County Department of Social Services’ Adult Protection Unit. Charlotte’s connection with Long Island Cares has increased her socialization with the community and has […]

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    Emergency Response and Recovery

    Debra is a long-standing volunteer of Long Island Cares, but she and her family found themselves nearly destitute after Superstorm Sandy ravaged their home on the south shore.  Long Island Cares’ Emergency Response and Recovery Program was able to assist her directly with supplies and resources to help her rebuild her family home.   It is […]

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    ESL Assistance in a Time of Need

    Senora Olga, a single mother of two small children aged 4 and 7, relocated to Hempstead from Honduras. She had been in the country for three years and was able to occasionally clean houses to pay for a room in a house in Hempstead. The Village of Hempstead deemed the living situation unsuitable. Olga and her children […]

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