East End Food Institute is focusing our efforts on connecting members of the local food and maker community to support one another and sustain their businesses and wellbeing during this health crisis. 

Are you a small business owner in need of immediate relief? The Riverhead Chamber of commerce strongly recommends that all businesses document the impact on your company during this crisis. This includes the financial impacts of any cancellations or postponements, changes in costs from vendors, supply chain impacts, etc. You can access the Suffolk County Department of Labor Business Support Unit 24/7 by dialing 311. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states low-interest federal disaster loans up to 2 million dollars for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). For information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at: SBA.Gov/disaster, 1-800-659-2955 or

Are you a food industry worker who is at risk of unemployment? NYS has waived the seven day waiting period for unemployment benefits. If you need help covering basic expenses, take a look at Eater's list of relief funds and stay tuned for more localized efforts. 

Read on for how to support local food businesses: 


Purchase a CSA share. By paying up front, you reserve a weekly supply of fresh, local veggies (and other goods!) during the growing season.

Slow Food East End
has cancelled the in person portion of their annual Josh Levine Memorial Fundraiser, but you can still bid in their online auction. All proceeds support School Gardens across the east end. 


Visit a farmstand. Considered essential, these businesses are still open, less trafficked than the grocery stores, and selling food grown in our community! Edible East End has a directory here

Order takeout from your favorite restaurant. Or at least buy a gift certificate!

Find an oyster grower near you and ask them for a shucking lesson so you can open your oysters in the comfort of your home. 

Settle in for an at home happy hour with curbside or delivery options from Bedell Vineyards, Chronicle Wines, Suhru Wines, and Wolffer Wine.


East End Food now available for home delivery, thanks to our partnership with Homeslice Pizza. Visit our online store to order products that directly support local farmers and food businesses. 

Fresh Produce is still available for delivery from Balsam Farms and Sang Lee. Share the Harvest is offering Grocery bag deliveries of $60 worth of produce. Mushrooms NYC offers deliveries within 15 miles of Mattituck. 

Fresh Seafood from Haskell’s in Quogue is available for free delivery to all Southampton town residents!

Fill your fridge and freezer
with locally made goods! Many of our Riverhead market vendors are offering free home delivery and more will be available soon through our online store, listed above.

Boost your immune system
with some fermented goods from The Ferm and medicinals from Sweet Woodland Farm.

Brighten your day with flowers from Pierpont Blossom Farms or a new cutting board from Green Door Woodworks.


Dance the blues away: Charity Joy Robinson, AKA the maker of Kombatcha, is hosting a slew of her dance & movement classes via Zoom on a pay-what-you-can basis! Get on her mailing list to stay in the loop

Cook through Corona: Stefanie Sacks, nutritionist extraordinaire, is offering virtual “Cook through Coronavirus” one on one classes. Visit her website to learn more. Virtual Art: Southampton Arts Center is curating a virtual art exhibit on Instagram. Email with a picture of your work, title, name and Instagram handle.