Soup Kitchens on Long Island
Doing some spring cleaning? This season, consider donating your gently worn clothing, household items and cans of non-perishable food from your cupboards to a charity or soup kitchen on Long Island. The national statistics for families who are just at or below the poverty line and are struggling just to feed their families has been steadily increasing since the economic downturn in 2009. Long Island has not been exempt from this struggle. According to a 2011 study by Island Harvest and Long Island Cares, they have helped 283,000 individuals in a single year and have seen an increase of 47.5% in weekly clients since 2005.
Thankfully, Long Island has some very devoted charities and soup kitchens who have helped out in providing donated food and clothing for those in need. Help out your neighbors and local communities by donating food to a local charity or soup kitchen in your area today, or offering to volunteer your time and lend a hand. Items currently in high demand include low sodium, low fat, and dietetic foods and sauces, baby formulas, baby food, prenatal vitamins, and diapers. Please consider donating your gently worn clothing and household items as well.
Local Resources and Contact Information:
Island Harvest – 199 Second St., Mineola, NY 11501 (516) 294-8528
Long Island Cares – 10 Davids Dr., Hauppauge, NY 11788 (631) 582-FOOD, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rock CAN Roll – (516) 822-3457, info@rockCANroll.org
Christ’s First Presbyterian Church
Riverhead – (631) 727-2210
Hempstead – (516) 565-0290
Freeport Emergency Food Center – (516) 868-4989
Rev. Thomas W. Goodhue
St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church of Bay Shore- Office of Parish Social Ministry Located in the Bethany House – Deacon Frank Keach- 631-665-4911 x 124 www.stpatrickbayshore.org/parish-social-ministry - (If you would like to know about programs or volunteer to serve as an advocate or in the soup kitchen, call (631) 665-4911 x 133. Food and clothing donations can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
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