Long Island Cares Inc. - The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank and Assemblyman Charles Lavine Announce the Opening of a Glen Cove Emergency Food Distribution Center

March 31, 2020

Hauppauge, NY – March 30, 2020: Long Island Cares, Inc. - The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank continues to implement a number of actions and safety measures to assist the community during the coronavirus pandemic. New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) has announced that Long Island Cares will open a temporary emergency food distribution center at 68 School Street in downtown Glen Cove beginning April 1st to provide emergency food boxes and other supplies to families in Glen Cove that are in need.

"Long Island Cares is once again coming to the need of others by setting up a food distribution site in Glen Cove,” said Assemblyman Lavine. “My office was able to help identify and secure an ADA accessible storefront to be used as the food distribution site in the heart of Downtown Glen Cove. I want to thank the generous donation made by the property owner of 68 School Street for making this possible. In these difficult and stressful times, Long Island Cares is casting hope on our community. I want to thank Paule Pachter, the CEO of Long Island Cares for addressing the needs of food insecurity to the community as a whole and for the hard work his team is committed to during this pandemic."

According to Pachter, “Our staff has been monitoring the increase in telephone calls, emails, and social media messages coming into our helpline and we’ve seen a high volume of requests for assistance from residents in the City of Glen Cove. We reached out to Assemblyman Lavine’s office to offer our assistance and he was able to identify a local property owner willing to donate the corner storefront location immediately to help the Glen Cove community.”

The Long Island Cares Glen Cove Covid-19 Distribution Location will be open two days a week, Wednesdays from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM and Fridays from 3:00 – 7:00 PM. Glen Cove residents are invited to visit the location to pick-up emergency food boxes, and no appointments are required. Staff and volunteers will employ physical distancing practices, and visitors are requested to do the same. “This temporary distribution location will remain open until Governor Cuomo announces reductions in physical distancing as a result of flattening the curve of Covid-19 so that residents can receive emergency food in their local community,” said Dr. Jessica Rosati, Chief Program Officer for Long Island Cares, Inc.

In addition to the temporary distribution center in Glen Cove, Long Island Cares operates six additional permanent emergency food distribution sites throughout Long Island to help the 259,000 Long Islanders experiencing food insecurity and hunger.

Additional Long Island Cares’ Locations:

Long Island Cares-The Harry Chapin Regional Food
Bank 10 Davids Drive – Harry Chapin Way, Hauppauge
(631) 582-FOOD

Nassau Center for Collaborative Assistance
21 East Sunrise Highway, Freeport
(516) 442-5221

South Shore Service Center
163-1 North Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst
(631) 991-8106

Harry Chapin Food Bank and Humanitarian
Center 220 Broadway, Huntington Station
(631) 824-6384

Baxter’s Pet Pantry & Retail Food Rescue
Center 161 North Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst
(631) 991-8106

Hunger Assistance & Humanitarian Center of the Hamptons
286 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays
(631) 613-3344

The Need for Volunteers:

Although as a practice we welcome and appreciate everyone willing to volunteer and assist us, the current situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic requires us to limit the number of new volunteers we can accommodate at this time to insure the health and safety of our staff and the many people we serve. If people would like to volunteer at another time, please complete our Volunteer Application Form online at the Long Island Cares web site.

To Donate and Additional Questions:

We are extremely grateful to the many people and corporations that have contacted us to offer their assistance during this time of crisis. If you would like to donate, please contact our Development Department at (631) 582-3663 Ext 103 or visit our website. For non-emergency or additional questions, please email: emergencyresponse@licares.org and allow 24-48 hours for a response.

About Long Island Cares, Inc.

Founded by the late Harry Chapin, Long Island Cares brings together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry and food insecure on Long Island and, to the best of our ability, provides 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 general public about the causes and consequences of hunger on Long Island. Our vision is A Hunger Free Long Island.