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.

    Military Appreciation Tuesdays/Sandy Recovery

    A United States Navy Veteran’s family has been frequenting Long Island Cares since their home was devastated by Super Storm Sandy in 2012. When a landlord refused to repair the damages, our veteran and family found themselves facing financial duress they have never known. But after receiving much needed products from our South Shore Service Center, this lovely family has […]

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    Pets Are Part of the Family Too

    “Meow, Meow means I love you” was written on a thank you note received from J.S. of Lindenhurst who contacted Long Island Cares Pet Pantry, desperately in need of cat food and litter for her cats.  Living alone, J.S.’s cats provide her with the companionship and love needed for her continued independence.  At her request […]

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    The Right Tools for School Success

    When 5 year old Cam came to a Long Island Cares workshop with his mom, he didn’t know what the food bank was, and his Mom was not aware of all of the programs we had to offer. As Cam came into the lobby, he saw a colorful display of brand new school supplies, and his eyes opened wide. […]

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