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.

    Help After A Fire

    After surviving a devastating house fire, Margaret and her three young children found themselves living in the homes of a number of friends and family. With all of her income going to finding a new place to call home, Margaret found herself struggling to feed her children. A visit to Long Island Cares offered Margaret […]

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    23 year old Greg first came to Long Island Cares in need of a support system. Homeless and abandoned by his family, he had been struggling to make it on his own for some time. Facing an addiction problem with several dangerous substances, Greg knew he needed help. In addition to food and bedding, we were […]

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    Military Appreciation Tuesdays

    Michelle, age 28, is a veteran of service in the Middle East.   As she ended her service, Michelle found integration back into civilian life difficult.  Through Long Island Cares, Michelle has been able to access food and support services and comes to our Military Appreciation Tuesdays regularly. Visiting our pantry weekly, Michelle receives food for herself […]

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