Since 1965, CAST has been serving low-income individuals and families on the North Fork of Long Island. CAST helps struggling community members meet their basic needs in the areas of nutrition, clothing, energy, employment and education. We provide a critical safety net for Southold Town residents from Laurel to Orient Point and Fisher’s Island. CAST is committed to moving vulnerable populations to self-sufficiency through outreach and education. We offer many programs and services, including a food pantry, sharing room with clothing and household items, ESL and computer classes, an early childhood literacy program, assistance with benefit applications, advocacy and referrals and much more.
CCE-Nassau is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization and is part of the Cooperative Extension land grant system, a partnership between County, State, and Federal governments that is administered in New York State through Cornell University. Each county's Cooperative Extension association is independent and works to serve the needs of the county in which it is located. Since 1914 Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County (CCE-Nassau) has responded to the needs of local residents with unbiased, research-based information, tools and education that people have come to depend on and trust. Our programs are developed in direct response to community input, and are based on the most current information available from Cornell and other Land Grant universities from across the nation.
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is a non-profit community education agency established in 1917. We are affiliated with Cornell University as part of the national land grant university system started in 1862. CCE Suffolk is a subordinate governmental agency with an educational mission that operates under a form of organization and administration approved by Cornell University as agent for the State of New York. It is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The association is part of the national cooperative extension system, an educational partnership between County, State, and Federal governments. As New York’s land grant university Cornell administers the system in this state. Each Cornell Cooperative Extension association is an independent employer that is governed by an elected Board of Directors with general oversight from Cornell. All associations work to meet the needs of the counties in which they are located as well as state and national goals.
Heart of the Hamptons offers a Food Pantry and Assistance Program to more than 1,600 households each year with the help of more than 100 dedicated volunteers and an active Board of Directors. Heart of the Hamptons connects people in need with resources available in our local community. All our services are offered with respect for clients’ privacy and dignity. Heart of the Hamptons works hand-in-hand with the local schools, government and civic organizations, churches, and other food pantries to make sure the need is addressed wherever it arises.
The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute is an academic research and action center at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy located in Harlem, NYC. They provide evidence to inform municipal policies that promote equitable access to healthy, affordable food. They apply an intersectoral perspective that links nutrition and health to sustainable community and workforce development, and we engage partners from city government, community organizations, and the university in food policy research and action.
The Boys & Girls Club of Shinnecock Nation provides support for the physical, social, emotional, mental, spiritual and financial wellbeing of Shinnecock youth to help reduce substance use and suicidal behavior by providing them with various resources, activities and opportunities. The goal of this program is to ease the impacts of adult substance abuse, mental illness and trauma in the Shinnecock Tribal community. Our intention is to create a comfortable environment, so we can develop trust with our youth and open communication to support them as they transition into adulthood. Consistent programming based around the pro-social concept and Shinnecock culture is offered.
The Padoquohan Medicine Lodge, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, founded in 1994 has worked to honor our ancestors. They lived productive lives on Long Island for well over 25,000 years - sharing land, sea and natural resources - standing in mutual support of each other and their fellow indigenous people. Chief Thunder Bird and Edith Thunder Bird (Shinnecock) are the inspiration of this prayer circle known as Padoquohan Medicine Lodge, Inc. Their teachings, beliefs and examples continue to live on.
In Nassau and Suffolk counties, LIFB is the Voice of Long Island Agriculture. Their mission is to fairly and aggressively represent and serve the best interests of our members through united action, using the strength of a grassroots organizational structure and relying on effective leadership to provide strong, networked and allied Farm Bureau organizations at the local, state and national organization levels. Their collective goal: to protect and strengthen the nation's agricultural industry.
Stony Brook Medicine integrates and elevates all of Stony Brook University’s health-related initiatives: education, research and patient care. It includes five Health Sciences schools — Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing and Social Welfare — as well as Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and more than 200 community-based healthcare settings throughout Suffolk County. To learn more, visit stonybrookmedicine.edu.
Slow Food East End is a chapter of Slow Food USA and part of a global, grassroots organization founded in 1989 in Italy, by Carlo Petrini to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us. Since its beginnings, Slow Food has grown into a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 countries, working to ensure everyone has access to good, clean and fair food for all.
The Long Island Food Council acts as an advocate for the Long Island Food and Beverage industry, an information hub and a catalyst for networking. They are committed to offering meaningful benefits and the resources you need to grow and run a profitable business. They aim to leverage the power of the food and beverage industry to help grow the economy on Long Island.
The Food Lab at Stony Brook Southampton is a center for research, information and education, incubating informed conversation and communication about food, from farming to food policy to nutrition and food literacy. Located on the East End of Long Island, Food Lab’s focus is primarily regional, but prides itself on having a national reach and influence.
RISE is a nonprofit organization established in 1980 as Aid To The Developmentally Disabled (ADD) by family members who were concerned about the physical and emotional decline of patients compelled to live in crowded institutions. These family members believed that appropriate treatment and training in a warm, sheltered, homelike environment would enhance their physical and emotional growth. As a result of the initial success, ADD rapidly grew into a multi-service organization providing residential programs, supported apartments, clinical supports and case management services for the developmentally disabled, mentally ill and dual diagnosed adults. In 2018 ADD was rebranded to RISE Life Services to better reflect the scope and mission of the services the organization now provides.
Long Island wine demonstrates the deep, seasonal connection held between land and table. Local products and a dedication to boosting agriculture highlight a decades-long relationship between what we grow and what we eat and drink. Food, wine, culture, and craft: It’s all here in our backyard.Long Island Wine Country was initially formed to help prospective growers navigate the hurdles of getting a business started on Long Island. LIWC evolved to an organization that strove to help achieve recognition as a premium wine producing region by providing a coordinated effort for the promotion and development of the region’s wine industry. Follow Long Island Wine Country on Facebook and Instagram.
The Peconic Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established in 1983 by John v.H. Halsey and a small group of local residents to ensure the protection of Long Island’s working farms, natural lands, and heritage. Since 1983, the Trust has worked diligently with landowners, communities, municipalities, and partner organizations to protect over 13,000 acres of land, conserving more working farms on Long Island than any other private conservation organization, and securing millions of dollars from the public and private sector for land protection. The Trust’s Farms for the Future Initiative provides new and existing farmers access to protected ag lands, access to farm equipment through an equipment co-op, and training to help give each farmer the best chance of success. In addition, our Farm to Food Pantry Program is helping to ensure fresh, locally grown food is accessible to all. For more information, visit our website.
In 1992, Springs Food Pantry was established by members of the Springs Presbyterian Church to help our local fishing and farming families struggling through the tough winter months. We provide supplemental food to the needy families of the hamlet of Springs in the Town of East Hampton, New York. This all-volunteer organization strives to provide short term, stop gap help for families in need.