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Long Island Cares Hurricane Sandy Relief

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Long Island Cares Hurricane Sandy ReliefLong Island Cares, Inc.-The Harry Chapin Food Bank will open a new storefront community assistance center in the Village of Lindenhurst on March 1, 2013 to assist local communities still in need of emergency food, pet food, cleaning and other types of supplies. They will also be instituting a Small Grants Assistance Program to help subsidize the replacement of essential appliances lost as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Applications for assistance of small grants of up to $1,000 will be able to be acquired from the new Lindenhurst location after March 1, 2013.

Based upon the organization's successful Nassau Service Center in Freeport, the New Long Island Cares South Shore Service Center in Lindenhurst is being funded by a grant from The Robin Hood Foundation with additional support being provided by private donations, corporate sponsorship and local government.

The new location will initially function as Long Island Cares' Emergency Response and Recovery Services Center addressing the needs of the Lindenhurst, Babylon, Copiague, Amityville and surrounding communities' needs for support during the long-term recovery following the impact of Hurricane Sandy on Suffolk's south shore. In addition to providing food and supplies, the new location will be open five days a week, one evening and on Saturdays to assist the community during various times. The center will feature an emergency food pantry, training and conference room and will be staffed by volunteers and newly hired personnel. In an effort to enhance collaboration within the community, Long Island Cares will make desk space and meeting space available to local organizations and groups including Project Hope.

According to Paule Pachter, Executive Director of Long Island Cares, "We chose the Lindenhurst location to launch our second storefront assistance center because of the way Lindenhurst pulled together immediately following Hurricane Sandy. We've been working with the Village of Lindenhurst, the Town of Bablyon, Camp Bulldog and Adopt-A-House and have been very enlightened by our collaborations in working to respond to the needs of the community. We're looking forward to a long, productive relationship and are excited to be opening on March 1st and very grateful to The Robin Hood Foundation for their very generous support and the way they have worked with us over the past few weeks to bring this new initative to reality."

The new Long Island Cares' South Shore Service Center will be located at 163-1 North Wellwood Avenue in Lindenhurst. For more information please call: (631) 582-FOOD. For information about sponsorship related to this new program initiative or to support our Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, please call (631) 582-3663 x 103.

About Long Island Cares, Inc.

Long Island Cares, Inc. - The Harry Chapin Food Bank is Long Island's first food bank: serving the hungry on Long Island since, 1980.  Long Island Cares brings together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry on Long Island and provides emergency food where and when it is needed, and sponsors a wide variety of innovate direct service programs that help families achieve self-sufficiency. The organization was founded by the late singer, Grammy Award winning songwriter and social activist Harry Chapin in response to the growing issue of hunger on Long Island. It is continued today by his wife and partner Sandy Chapin, a dedicated Board of Directors and talented staff working out of their 35,000 square foot facility in Hauppauge and their storefront hunger assistance center in Freeport. Long Island Cares is a member agency of the Food Bank Association of New York State and Feeding America. Long Island Cares, Inc. is recognized by the NYS Department of Health and the USDA as the regional food bank for Long Island.

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