Programs & Services

The Center for Collection and Distribution

Island Harvest Food Bank, Long Island’s largest hunger-relief organization, provides food and non-food items to 316,000 Long Islanders who are living with food insecurity and in need, giving them a voice to help them transition from uncertainty to stability. Annually, on average, we supplement more than 7 million meals for people in need. The programs and services we provide allow Long Islanders to fill the gap and not have to make the choice between affording food and paying for other simple needs. Hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders have been able to put food on their tables and gain access to vital support services that have assisted them in their efforts to transition to more stable lives.

Island Harvest Food Bank has been successfully operating—and growing—the Food Collection & Distribution Program, since the organization’s inception. Through this program, food and product are purchased and donations are collected from a wide range of suppliers. Many different sources are targeted to ensure the food is both nutritious and varied. Our food partners consist of over 1,100 small and large local businesses including: major food manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, supermarkets and other retailers, food service companies, Long Island’s farms, etc. We also receive support from hundreds of companies, organizations and groups who generously conduct food drives for Island Harvest Food Bank, and additional food is collected through the vast Feeding America network.

Within a short turnaround, Island Harvest Food Bank distributes the food and product we receive to a network of more than 450 registered food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day cares, senior centers and other nonprofit organizations with feeding programs throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. The warehouse and distribution operations were carefully and thoughtfully designed to get the food into the community so the people in need receive it as quickly as possible.

Since our inception 25 years ago, we have collected and delivered approximately 136 million pounds of food, supplementing nearly 113 million meals. Last year alone, Island Harvest supplemented nearly 8.4 million meals through the purchase, collection of donations, and distribution of more than 10.2 million pounds of food and product to Long Islanders in need.

This program is sponsored in part through generous support from: