food pantry

In The News: “Making a Difference as reopening continues, demand remains high at food pantries”

Appeared in the Times Review Newspapers: Riverhead News ReviewBy Joe Werkmeister On Monday morning, the staff at RISE Main Street Market Food Pantry in Riverhead received a familiar call. A family in Riverhead — two adults, two small children and an infant — needed food. They were unable to leave their home due to a positive COVID-19 case. They couldn’t afford food delivery services and did not have anyone who could bring them food. RISE Life Services, formerly...

RISE Food Pantry Receives Grant from the Rommel Wilson Memorial Fund

RISE Life Services operates The Main Street Market Food Pantry, which is open every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is located at 901 East Main Street, Suite 500, in Riverhead.  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, who lists it on their website and on signage throughout all of the Suffolk County food pantries they serve. Now after continued...

RISE’s Main Street Market Food Pantry Partners with Department of Health to Help Families Affected By COVID-19

Recently, the RISE Main Street Market Food Pantry received a call from the Department of Health, from their Community Support Specialist, asking if RISE’s food pantry might assist the Riverhead community. The New York State Contact Tracing Initiative is helping individuals and families who are unable to go out and purchase food because they have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to the virus, and are in quarantine.  These people cannot afford food delivery, so the D.O.H. called to...

Why join Elevations Club now?

Last fall, RISE Life Services rolled out a brand new initiative called, The Elevations Club. This club is a membership where donors can select to contribute via monthly subscription of three different levels. Each level of donation gains more and more member perks at local businesses. These businesses include dining, entertainment, auto, home, nightlife, photography, travel and more. Membership starts at $19.99 per month and gives access to some pretty valuable discounts. Plus, not only is this monthly donation tax...

People Helping People: Andrew’s Family Farm

The RISE Main Street Market Food Pantry, that currently provides the Downtown Riverhead community in need with food supplies, has recently partnered with Andrew’s Family Farm. Andrew’s Farm in Wading River has always shown support for RISE by donating to events and recently this spring, they donated flats of flowers for our residents to plant. It helped our resident’s morale remain high by giving them a rewarding activity with a beautiful result. Now, RISE’s food pantry will be utilizing a...

The importance of the RISE food pantry, now more than ever

RISE Life Services operates The Main Street Market Food Pantry, which is located at 901 East Main Street, Suite 500, Riverhead New York 11901. The Food Pantry has been open for approximately two years in this location. We currently accept donations through fundraising efforts as well as Island Harvest and Long Island Cares. The operation provides a community service, but also serves as a supportive work environment for individual with disabilities who reside in our residential programs.  We currently have five...

Year in Review + What’s Next

There were many notable accomplishments and inspiring stories in 2019. We are always thrilled to continue to share them. Some of those included:  A look into our Main Street Connection Day Program and their new adventures such as a book club, continued growth and their volunteer activities.  RISE received grants for the Main Street Market Food Pantry, which continues to expand and serve the community in need.  The Mental Health program celebrated a special resident’s 60th birthday as well as their 2nd Annual...

Foodstock: Music Festival & Food Drive

Introducing our first-ever music festival to benefit RISE Life Services and our food pantry, The Main Street Market. Come out to Bayside Clam Bar in East Islip and enjoy five hours of live bands playing to help our community in need. We’ll kick-off with a DJ, then you will enjoy rock/pop, blues, the Great American Songbook and jazz/hip hop bands. Live music and DJ have been provided via Jack Morelli Music. Foodstock will...

Foodstock is coming up this Sunday!

We are excited about hosting our first-ever music festival to benefit our RISE Life Services food pantry, The Main Street Market. Special thanks to the Bayside Clam Bar in East Islip for providing a beautiful venue at the marina. The Bayside Clam Bar is a restaurant where you will be able to order food and beverages all day during the festival. Come out and enjoy five hours of live bands playing to help our community in...

The Charlotte Cheatham Hunger Relief Fund Presents RISE with Grant

RISE Life Services’ food pantry called The Main Street Market Food Pantry was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $2,500 from The Charlotte Cheatham Hunger Relief Fund. They have recognized our efforts to enhance availability of nutritious foods and personal care items to our local community, and are actively helping us to expand the food pantry. The Charlotte Cheatham Hunger Relief Fund was started in remembrance of Mrs. Charlotte Cheatham and her advocacy for the hungry. They have provided grants...

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