Island Harvest

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...

A Volunteer Story: Dot Exum

RISE Life Services depends on those who volunteer their time and help enhance the lives of those we serve each day. One particular volunteer, Ms. Dot Exum, has been working with our organization for twenty five years. Ms. Exum continues to volunteer even long after she retired from her full-time role in the agency. Dot Exum started her journey with Aid to the Developmentally Disabled (ADD) when Grumman closed. She had worked at Grumman for twenty three years. Dot began at...

RISE FOOD PANTRY TO HOST ISLAND HARVEST COMMUNITY FOOD DISTRIBUTION

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...

Volunteers from Day Program Help Food Pantry

The Main Street Connection, RISE Life Services’ day program without walls, has been helping RISE’s Main Street Market food pantry each week. Every Monday, the group travels to the Island Harvest warehouse to pick up food donations supplementary to the weekly allotment received during Wednesday’s delivery. A small group loads the van and then everyone helps unpack the food into the pantry for Wednesday when it’s open to the public. Additionally, once or twice per...

The Main Street Market Food Pantry: Holiday Food Drive

Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Throughout most of our homes, family and friends will come together around the table to give thanks and share a delicious meal. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and all of the trimmings will fill most tables. Well, at least we wish it was most tables. However, many of our own neighbors will not be enjoying an abundant meal because they don’t have the money to shop for food for their families. Our food pantry,...

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