We’ve featured 10 top food banks in Suffolk County in this post. Read on to learn about them.
1. St. Mary’s Food Bank
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church has been helping the needy in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York, since it established a mission there in 1867. One day each week they open their doors to combat hunger, distributing dry goods and canned foods donated by other food banks, members of their church, and other individuals and organizations.
Donations can be mailed to St. Mary’s at the address on their homepage. You can also donate to Island Harvest or Long Island Cares, the two food banks that provide the bulk of donations to St. Mary’s. Volunteers should contact a member of staff to discuss what they can do to help.
2. North Babylon Food Pantry
If you’re in North Babylon, New York, and in search of food, you can visit the North Babylon Food Pantry located at St. Paul’s Reformed Church. This food bank is open three days a week to serve all in need. Their pantry can provide food twice per month and ready-to-eat meals to the homeless. Recipients can request items from a list, and they will be retrieved from the shelves for them by a volunteer.
Those wishing to donate or volunteer will need to get in touch with someone using their contact list or you can visit them on Facebook.
3. NANA’s Food Pantry
Never Alone, Never Afraid, Inc.—known as NANA’s Food Pantry in Mastic, New York got its start helping the homeless in 1999. Since then, they have expanded, becoming a vital resource in providing food to the families of Suffolk County. They offer food items to those in need through distribution directly from their pantry and deliveries to the homebound.
Donations are accepted via their website. A form is provided online for those wishing to sign up as a volunteer. For additional information on opportunities to help or for assistance, you can contact them directly.
4. SBU Food Pantry
The SBU Food Pantry in Stony Brook, New York is open to all those studying or employed by Stony Brook University. Located in Gray Hall, this food bank provides food items from their pantry shelves six days a week, handing out basic items to assist members of their campus who may be experiencing a shortage of nutritious meals. The food bank is supported by Island Harvest in assisting with SNAP applications for those in need of additional food benefits.
This food bank is funded by donations from members of the community. If you’d like to volunteer to help, you can do so by getting in touch with them.
5. Heart of the Hamptons Food Pantry
You’ll find help with food insecurity at the Heart of the Hamptons Food Pantry in Southampton, New York. This volunteer-founded food bank has been helping members of its community for more than 40 years. They provide a generous allotment of shelf staples and infant food items with the convenience of drive-through pick up two days per week and on an emergency basis when needed.
If you aren’t in need of food but would like to donate or volunteer, you can visit them online for contact info to call, email, or visit.
6. Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry
The Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry operates one day a week at the Old Whaler’s Church in Sag Harbor, New York. In addition to non-perishables, they provide dairy, meats, fresh vegetables, and pet food, if requested. They prepare set bundles and hand them out on the outside of the building to those who line up.
Interested in helping out? You can donate money or food items. If you have the time, perhaps you can even volunteer to assist them with their efforts. Contact the pantry if you have any other questions about what you can do for them or what you might need for yourself.
7. Montauk Food Pantry
You can find this food bank at the St. Therese Parish Center in Montauk, New York. Founded by church members of the St. Therese’s Catholic Church, they offer food items to the hungry in their community twice each month. If you find yourself in a situation where the shelves are low, you can visit them for a top-up to hold you over at one of their distributions. Items available depend on donations.
For more information about donating, volunteering or if you need to get in contact with someone, you can visit them online, call, or stop in for a visit.
8. St. Rosalie’s Community Food Pantry
Founded by St. Rosalie R.C. Church, this pantry provides non-perishables three days per week to residents of Hampton Bay, East Quogue, and parts of Flanders. They hand out three already packaged daily meals to many and provide emergency food assistance to those with further needs. Food can be delivered to those unable to make it to the food bank.
Those looking to help rather than get food assistance can donate, get involved or contact the church staff for more information.
9. Jefferson UMC Food Pantry
Hungry in Jefferson, New York? Make your way to the Jefferson UMC Food Pantry on the last Saturday of the month. This food bank has been serving its community since 1982 as an outreach of Feeding America and The Regional Food Bank. They provide much-needed nutritional assistance to those struggling to put food on the table through their vast network of providers.
Want to volunteer or donate? You can do so by visiting their parent organization. Check out their contact info for further questions about their services or how you can be of service.
10. Tabitha Food Pantry
The Tabitha Food Pantry located at the Patchogue Church of Christ in Patchogue, New York provides emergency food assistance for those in need. They are open one day per month to hand out non-perishable items to the hungry. Appointments are available outside this window for those needing food before then. If you are struggling, they are there to help you get through the rough times.
If you don’t need nutritional items, you can always contribute your money or time to further the cause of feeding the masses. Get in contact to find out more about how you can help.
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