Founded in 1980 by the late singer, songwriter and social activist, Harry Chapin, Long Island Cares provides nutritional food and support services for a network of more than 540 community-based member agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, child care programs, disability organizations, veterans services and more. While the annual distribution of nearly 6 million pounds of nutritional food warehoused in their 27,000 square foot Distribution Center is at the heart of Long Island Cares’ operations, they function as more than just a food bank.
The Long Island Cares Nassau Service Center, located at 9 West Sunrise Highway at the southwest corner of Church Street in Freeport, officially opened in June of 2010. Their new location in downtown Freeport has the potential to serve many more Long Islanders in need of emergency food, information and referral services, guidance and community support.
Long Island Cares provides a broad array of programs and services including hunger education, job training, supplemental food programs for children, school supplies, job development, legislative advocacy, and a triage food pantry.
Long Island Cares, Inc. - The Harry Chapin Food Bank is an important part of the Long Island community. The organization serves individuals and families in need, and most of their success is due to the support they receive from people like you.