About Our Hunger Organizations
Since 1983, The mission of the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) is to address the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island by providing food, shelter, long-term housing, and supportive services in a dignified and respectful manner for those who seek our help. Thanks to a broad base of community support and a commitment to educate the public about these issues, The INN attracts legions of volunteers who work along with our dedicated staff and Board of Directors to offer tangible solutions to those who seek assistance. Our network includes 14 soup kitchens who collectively serve 400,000 meals annually and provide direct referrals for housing, employment, health care, legal and immigration issues. The INN also manages and owns 22 supportive housing units, a home for Veterans who are in recovery and three emergency shelters; two sites are designated for intact families and one is specifically for men. The focus is to offer essential supportive services so individuals can regain their independence and move from poverty to self-sufficiency where they can be contributing members within their community.
Island Harvest Food Bank provides food and non-food items to 316,000 Long Islanders who are living with food insecurity and in need, giving them a voice to help them transition from uncertainty to stability. The organization’s mission is to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island through efficient food and product collection and distribution system, enhanced hunger awareness and nutrition education programs, job training, targeted services for specific populations, and outreach and advocacy activities and initiatives. Island Harvest is among the region’s leading agencies in emergency response readiness for food and product distribution and support, and is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Since Island Harvest’s inception 23 years ago, the organization has delivered 113 million pounds of food, supplementing more than 94 million meals. The food provided is sourced from both purchased items and received donations. As a result of Island Harvest's dynamic business model, more than 95 cents of every contributed dollar goes directly to programming.
Long Island Cares
Our vision: a hunger-free Long Island.
Founded in 1980 by the late Harry Chapin, Long Island Cares brings together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry on Long Island, and provides to the best of our ability for the humanitarian needs of our community. We provide food when and where it’s needed, while promoting self-sufficiency and public education.
A year-round resource, the recognized regional Food Bank receives, warehouses and distributes 7.45 million pounds of donated and purchased food annually to residents of Nassau and Suffolk County through 590 member agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, group homes, day treatment facilities, senior nutrition sites and day care centers. In addition to the network of agencies supported through the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Long Island Cares also offers a diverse array of direct service programs including job development, children’s nutrition programs, veterans services and three satellite store-front locations in Freeport, Lindenhurst and Huntington Station.
The NEST is committed to fostering health and well-being by providing nourishment and other vital supports to all members of the campus community. They aim to alleviate the presence of hunger and food insecurity in the lives of our students, employees, and their families. In effort to fight against hunger, the Nest gathers and stores basic necessities and distributes them with a compassionate hand. They respect the vulnerability and dignity of each person we serve. The NEST, a free-choice food pantry, is an open and inclusive facility that honors the rights and needs of all those who assistance. Every penny donated to The NEST goes directly to the purchase of food, the operation of pantry programs, and individuals and families in need. They are located in South Hall 118 on the Nassau Community College Campus. The Nest welcomes all members of their campus community: Students, faculty, staff, and contractors. (An ID proving NCC affiliation will be required.)