Long Island Cares operates the Mobile Pantry program to meet the needs of eligible homebound Long Islanders in need, offering:
- Home delivery of nonperishable food, personal care products, household supplies, and pet food to high-risk, homebound individuals in need, including senior citizens, disabled veterans, and persons diagnosed with medical conditions that make it impossible for them to travel to their local food pantry. Food is delivered on a biweekly basis, and each recipient is assessed for eligibility and the potential need for ongoing social services, if applicable. Our Mobile Pantry service does not deliver prepared meals to a person’s home.
- Ancillary Pantry services to provide nonperishable food to our network of local pantries that do not have adequate storage space on a scheduled basis, when necessary.
- Disaster Relief in the event of an emergency such as fire, loss of electricity or heat, flood, etc., that impacts a member food pantry. Our Mobile Pantry vehicle can distribute at any agency in need in an effort to maintain the continuous operation of the program without interruption at a time of crisis.
- Emergency Distribution Services: When disaster strikes and a food pantry in our network is unable to serve its community, Long Island Cares will distribute both non-perishable and fresh food from our mobile pantry. This program is for emergencies only and seeks to ensure uninterrupted service for the food-insecure community that the afflicted food pantry serves.