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Our Mission

To bring together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry and food insecure on Long Island and, to the best of our ability, provide for the humanitarian needs of our community. Our goals are to improve food security for families, sponsor programs that help families achieve self-sufficiency, and educate the public about the root causes and consequences of hunger on Long Island.


Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank has been on a mission to feed Long Island’s food insecure and put an end to the root causes of hunger since our founding by the late Harry Chapin in 1980. To help achieve our goals, we are guided by seven principles:

  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Empowerment
  • Stewardship

By adhering to these principles, in 2022, we distributed 14 million pounds of food – the equivalent of 11.5 million meals. But the work is not done, and Long Island Cares is committed to serving Long Island as long as the need is great.

We provide nutritional food and support services for a network of more than 374 community-based member agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, child care programs, disability organizations, veterans’ services programs and more.

Our Locations: 

Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Food Bank Essential Market
386 N. Wantagh Ave.
Bethpage, NY

Hunger Assistance & Humanitarian Center of the Hamptons
286 West Montauk Highway
Hampton Bays, NY

Long Island Cares- The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank
Open Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
10 Davids Drive (Harry Chapin Way)
Hauppauge, NY
631.582.Food (3663)

Long Island Cares, Inc. – Harry Chapin Food Bank & Humanitarian Center
Harry Chapin Humanitarian Center
220 Broadway
Huntington Station, NY

Nassau Center for Collaborative Assistance
21 East Sunrise Highway
Freeport, NY

South Shore Service Center
163-1 North Wellwood Avenue
Lindenhurst, NY

Baxter’s Pet Pantry & Retail Food Rescue Center
161 North Wellwood Avenue
Lindenhurst, NY