Where Our Food Comes From
The sources for our food are numerous:
On the first Thursday of every month we receive miscellaneous food collected and distributed by Island Harvest.
Twice a month we order from Long Island Cares, a food bank that gives us access to donated food products as well as access
to listed foods from TEFAP and HPNAP, government programs that allocate dollar
or poundage amounts based upon our number of recipients.
Each year we receive a monetary grant
from Suffolk County.
Local farmers have been exceptionally generous to our operation, donating fresh produce throughout the year.
The remainder of our food and funding comes from individuals, civic groups, schools, institutions, local businesses, and religious organizations.
Monetary donations are our most important resource enabling us to order fresh produce, eggs, bread, and milk from wholesale purveyors, as well as dry or frozen products including poultry, beef, fish, cooking oil, cereal, legumes, and vegetables. We purchase from three different wholesalers to find the very best prices.