Foundation Guide

A Tour of Our Global Community of Giving

Foundation Guide

A Tour of Our Global Community of Giving

 Long Island Cares

Long Island Cares

10 Davids Drive (Harry Chapin Way)
Hauppauge, NY 11788-2039
Phone 631-582-FOOD
Fax 631-273-2184
[email protected]


Long Island Cares aims to meet the humanitarian needs of Long Island residents by coordinating all available resources for the benefit of the food insecure in the community, providing those in need with healthy, nutritious, fresh produce and other essential items. Its goals are to improve food security for families, support programs that help families become self-sufficient, and raise public awareness about the root causes of food insecurity and consequences of hunger. The USDA defines food insecurity as “a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life.”

Long Island Cares is guided by seven principles: leadership, innovation, collaboration, accountability, respect, empowerment and stewardship.

Supported Causes

Approximately 234,000 people on Long Island suffer from food insecurity, of which 65,000 are children. Each week, Long Island Cares drivers collect donations of food that is nearing its expiration date or deemed no longer sellable by a supermarket or retailer but is still safe to eat. In 2022, it distributed the equivalent of 11.5 million meals across Long Island, through its own First Stop Food Pantries and more than 370 community-based, non-profit partner agencies, including emergency shelters, childcare programs, disability organizations and veterans’ services programs. This network plays an essential role in addressing not only hunger but also a wider range of difficulties in the local community.

The Foundation's History

Long Island Cares was founded in 1980 by the late singer-songwriter Harry Chapin and has been supporting Long Island’s food insecure ever since. Chapin’s wife, Sandy, is currently chair of the Board of Directors, which is comprised of experts and leaders from a variety of industries. Sandy Chapin previously served on the board of WHY Hunger, also founded by her husband to address national poverty issues and hunger.

Projects and Programs

The Long Island Cares Retail Rescue program and Agency Support Team guarantee partner agencies not just a regular supply of food for redistribution, but also training in nutrition, food safety and distribution, and funds for equipment and expansion projects.

The Long Island Cares Mobile Food Assistance Unit delivers fresh food directly to those who have difficulty getting to a pantry for assistance. A wider home delivery service of nonperishable food, household supplies, personal care items and pet food is also provided for high-risk, homebound individuals in need, including senior citizens and disabled veterans. 

Hope for the Homeless is a second mobile unit that supports the underserved homeless population. In addition to ready-to-eat meals, it also provides housing information and referrals and personal care items.

The Supporting Our Seniors (S.O.S) program delivers supplementary food packages containing at least three days of non-perishable, nutritious foods to senior communities.

The Children’s Mobile Breakfast Food Trucks are fully equipped vehicles that deliver ready-to-eat, nutritious breakfast meals for children living in situations of food insecurity.

The Kids’ Cafe program strives to enhance the quality of children’s lives. Operated in collaboration with Feeding America, the Kids’ Cafes are safe, supervised after-school environments where children can enjoy a nutritious meal, do homework, and take part in educational, recreational, and social activities.


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