RISE Life Services operates The Main Street Market Food Pantry, which is open every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone is welcome to come and get food from us. Most of those who do utilize this resource have difficulty providing for themselves or their families. The community finds out about it through Island Harvest, the main source of our donated food distribution, who lists it on their website and on signage throughout all of Suffolk County. Now, RISE is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Island Harvest to host a Community Food Distribution Day on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Volunteers from both RISE Life Services and Island Harvest will gather in the parking lot of the RISE office building and location of the Main Street Market Food Pantry, located at 901 East Main Street, Suite 500, in Riverhead. The Island Harvest truck will arrive on June 27 at 1:00 p.m. Food shares will be handed out to all who come until inventory is gone.

Last year, RISE’s food pantry expanded to this new Downtown Riverhead location and now receives double the allocation of food. This addition was of particular importance given the fact that one of the largest food pantries in our area recently closed. The Main Street Market Food Pantry has experienced a steady-rising increase in people coming in to get food.

“RISE is very pleased to be able to host this food distribution day with Island Harvest,” said JoAnn Vitale, who coordinates the food pantry program, “It will be ‘all hands on deck,’ handing out food to anyone who comes. There will be a truck and special area set up in our parking lot to serve even more people than ever.”

To learn more about Island Harvest, please visit islandharvest.org. RISE Life Services provides a residential and supported living environment on the East End of Long Island, dedicated to empowering people with intellectual disabilities and mental health challenges to RISE to their full potential. To learn more about RISE Life Services, The Main Street Market Food Pantry, residential housing, job opportunities and other programs, please browse our website or call 631-727-6220 ext. 203 with any questions.