Programs & Services

The Center for Emergency Services

Island Harvest was on the front lines during and immediately after Superstorm Sandy as a main source of food, supplies and support in the hardest hit communities and to first responders. The severity of the hurricane and the damage that was caused exposed the complexity and vulnerability of the networks of the food supply on Long Island. In order to prepare for the next disaster, Island Harvest continues to strengthen our readiness for emergency response. Island Harvest is maintaining and building relationships with other first responders, such as the American Red Cross and fire and police departments, in an effort to coordinate an organized and efficient response plan as needed when the next emergency situation occurs.


In 2013, Island Harvest created the Emergency Resource Center, located in our Hauppauge warehouse. This center addresses the need to be better prepared for future emergencies. Here, we store large quantities of shelf-stable food, water, emergency supplies, and other emergency assets—ensuring the availability of supplies and food for any local disaster. The center is centrally located to service the Island-wide community, and at a moment’s notice provide emergency product, support, and services. Island Harvest works with other emergency responders locally, regionally and nationwide through our affiliation with Feeding America.




This program is sponsored in part through generous support from: