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Gus' Grocery @ Bethpage Essential Market Food Pantry

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ORGANIZATION: Long Island Cares, Inc., The Harry Chapin Food Bank

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Gus' Grocery is a service for our member agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens, etc.) to access fresh foods, vegetables and other perishable items. The fresh foods are available to agencies in addition to their regularly scheduled deliveries from our food bank. All perishable products are donated by local retailers that support Long Island Cares’ store donation program. Having these products available for immediate pickup allows us to provide it to our agencies in a timely manner, who in turn distribute to their clients in need very quickly. The Gus’ area is maintained and stocked by LIC volunteers. Volunteers will: unload deliveries, stock shelves, assist agencies with selecting produce, weigh produce, bring items to their vehicles, complete paperwork, sort through produce, sweep, mop, clean refrigerators, break down boxes and throw out trash. Volunteers MUST be able to lift up to 30 lbs. There is a lot of bending and lifting involved. This is an indoor/outdoor event. Start asap.

Tuesdays from 11:00 am-2:00 pm (1 volunteer needed)

To sign up: email our volunteer coordinator at with ALL of the following information:

  • Event Name
  • Shift requested
  • Volunteer full name
  • Best contact phone number
  • Date you can start

2 Shifts

  • 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM
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About Long Island Cares, Inc., The Harry Chapin Food Bank


10 Davids Dr., Hauppauge, NY 11788, US

Mission Statement

The Mission of Long Island Cares is to bring together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry on Long Island. Long Island Cares provides emergency food where and when it is needed, sponsors programs that help families achieve self-sufficiency, and educates the general public about the causes and consequences of hunger on Long Island. According to Hunger in America, a comprehensive study of domestic hunger, an estimated 259,000 Long Island residents including nearly 93,000 children and 39,000 seniors are hungry.


Long Island Cares - the Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank was founded in 1980 by the late singer/activist Harry Chapin in response to the needs of hungry Long Islanders. Approximately 283,700 people on Long Island receive emergency food each year - 64,900 people every week.

Long Island Cares serves more than 374 member agencies operating 567 programs: food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, group homes, day treatment facilities, senior nutrition sites and day care centers. Long Island Cares is by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 69% of the food distributed by pantries, 39% of the food distributed by kitchens and 45% of the food distributed by shelters.

We also address the causes of hunger through Community Outreach Programs that work with individuals most at risk of needing emergency food assistance during their lifetime, helping them acquire job skills and confidence to make them self-sufficient. To help veterans facing financial hardship and food insecurity, Long island Cares also offers several focused veterans’ service programs.

Long Island Cares also helps families keep their pets at home - where they belong. Baxter’s Pet Pantry was developed in partnership with the Animal Relief Fund (ARF) making free pet food and pet supplies available to pet-owning families in need across Long Island. Baxter’s Pet Pantry also offers toys, pet clothes, feeding bowls, cat litter and other pet supplies.


Community, Hunger, Seniors


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This opportunity has 2 shifts


386 North Wantagh AvenueBethpage, NY 11714



  • Food Delivery / Distribution


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • 3 hours per week
  • Must provide proof of vaccination for covid-19 or submit a weekly negative test result.

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