FOOD AND STAPLE ITEMS

SUFFOLK COUNTY UNITED VETERANS

Serve the homeless Veterans of Suffolk County. They offer housing programs provide emergency shelter, along with transitional and permanent housing. Case management, peer support, educational assistance/job training, transportation, & two food pantries all support the Veteran to heal &reintegrate successfully back into the community.

Contact their office: (631) 924-8088 or go to their website mhaw.org

LONG ISLAND CARES

Long Island Cares understands the challenges faced by returning soldiers and their families as troops transition from the front lines to the home front. To help veterans from both Nassau and Suffolk Counties facing financial hardship and food insecurity as they assimilate back into civilian life, we offer several veterans’ service programs:

  • Military Appreciation Tuesdays:  Hosted each week at Long Island Cares’ pantries located in Huntington Station, Lindenhurst, and Freeport, this is a chance for veterans and their families to access food, as well as personal care items, household products, pet food, and school supplies when available. All veterans are provided with information and resources pertaining to veteran-specific benefits. We are grateful to have BNY Mellon Wealth Management as the sponsor of this critical program.
  • Mobile Pantry:  Delivers nutritious groceries to homebound, disabled veterans unable to access their local pantries.
  • VetsWork:  Assistance that can help veterans buildjob skills (i.e. cover letter and résumé writing), aid in their job search process, and facilitate real workplace experience through various volunteer and training opportunities.
  • Community Outreach Initiatives:  By collaborating with both the Nassau and Suffolk County Veterans Service Agencies and the Northport VA Hospital, we are able to support events such as Veteran Stand Downs which provide vital health and social services to veterans of all ages and circumstances. In addition, our services are made available to various community organizations providing counseling, homeless outreach, and emergency assistance to veterans in need.

ISLAND HARVEST: OPERATION HOPE

Those who have served our nation in combat often face exceptional obstacles readjusting to civilian life.  These may range from severe physical injuries to post traumatic stress disorder, or even the challenges of beginning new careers in a weak economy.

Families of those serving, as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice, often have difficulties making ends meet, some may bear the psychological scars of extended absences or lost loved one.

Long Island has the second largest veteran population in the United States.  To help the many who are struggling and in need of food assistance, Island Harvest launched Operation: HOPE – a program specifically designed to assist veterans and the families of active duty personnel deployed overseas.  If you want to help our veterans, you can make a restricted contribution today.  To learn more, please contact Stacy Parsell at (516) 294-8528 ext.125 or stacy@islandharvest.org

VETERAN FOOD PANTRY

The VAC houses a food pantry and also personal care items pantry.

The pantries areas available to all veterans when the VAC is open.

The pantries are stocked by the generosity of the community during collection events

We collect at the VAC every third Saturday of the month from 1000-1430 hrs, for other hours please contact a member to schedule a date/time.

We rely upon community organization to sponsor and hold collections, this is a great project for schools, scouts and teams