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Mobile Food Assistance Unit

The Long Island Cares’ Mobile Food Assistance Unit – MFAU (formerly MORE) provides information, referral assistance, and emergency food to communities across Long Island. The MFAU van delivers food directly where people need it, helping ease the burden of getting to a pantry for assistance.

Created in 2010 in partnership with the Richard K. Mellon Family Foundation, the MFAU van is the first program of its kind. Designed to enhance and supplement the services provided by our member agency network, these custom-converted vans travel throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties, New York.

For scheduling information, call us at 631-582-FOOD.

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Hope for the Homeless

Hope for the Homeless is the second MFAU van, sponsored by NBTY, that supports the underserved homeless population. It focuses on their unique needs, including providing housing information, housing referrals, ready-to-eat emergency food, and personal hygiene items. Hope for the Homeless also partners with both Nassau and Suffolk Counties through various homeless programs to bring awareness and resources to people in need.

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Mobile Food Pantry

Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Food Bank also operates a Mobile Pantry to meet the needs of specific populations 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.
      • Town of Babylon referrals click here (Note: You must be a representative of the Town of Babylon or one of our Member Agencies)

    • 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 an emergency, such as fire, loss of electricity or heat, flood, etc., impacts a member’s food pantry. Our Mobile Pantry vehicle can distribute at any agency in need to maintain the program’s continuous operation without interruption during a crisis.
    • Emergency Distribution Services: When disaster strikes and a food pantry in our network cannot serve its community, Long Island Cares will distribute 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.

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Children’s Mobile Breakfast Food Truck

Our Mobile Breakfast Food Trucks are fully equipped vehicles that deliver ready-to-eat, no-cost, nutritious breakfast meals for children experiencing low food security. Learn More

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Supporting Our Seniors (S.O.S)

We strive to address food insecurity and hunger among seniors through our Supporting Our Seniors (S.O.S) program that delivers emergency food packages to senior communities in order to supplement seniors’ home pantries and shopping lists by providing at least three days and/or nine meals of non-perishable, nutritious foods. Learn More

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Baxter’s Pet Pantry