Long Island Cares, Inc.

Because it takes more than food to feed the hungry

aka The Harry Chapin Food Bank   |   Hauppauge, NY   |
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Long Island Cares, Inc.

EIN: 11-2524512


The Mission of Long Island Cares is to bring together all available resources for the benefit of hungry and food insecure people on Long Island and provide to the best of our ability for the humanitarian needs of our community.  Long Island Cares relies on the generosity and strong support of the individuals, corporations, and foundations that make up our community.  We are deeply grateful to the many who join with us and support our commitment to strengthen and secure the future of our community by providing a healthier and more meaningful life to those among us in need. Our Vision is "A Hunger-Free Long Island."

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Mr. Paule T. Pachter ACSW, LMSW

Main address

10 Davids Dr

Hauppauge, NY 11788 USA

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Subject area info


Food banks

Population served info

Children and youth


Economically disadvantaged people


NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms



What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hunger and Food Insecurity and its root causes on Long Island, Nassau and Suffolk counties, New York.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Harry Chapin Food Bank Emergency Food Distribution

Distributing over 14 million pounds of food to a network of over 340 member agencies in Nassau and Suffolk counties that are operating more than 500 programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior nutrition sites, day care centers, congregate sites for the disabled.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Age groups

The Long Island Cares Mobile Food Assistance Unit MFAU (formerly MORE) provides information, referral assistance, and emergency food to communities across Long Island. The MFAU van delivers food directly where people need it, helping ease the burden of getting to a pantry for assistance.

Created in 2010 in partnership with the Richard K. Mellon Family Foundation, the MFAU van is the first program of its kind. Designed to enhance and supplement the services provided by our member agency network, these custom-converted vans travel throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties, New York.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Providing nutritious, easy-to-prepare food for children in the free or reduced lunch program when school is not in session such as week-ends and holidays. Packs are discreetly distributed and placed in the child's own backpack or school bag.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

After School Food and Mentoring Program where children under the supervision of trustworthy staff get involved in educational, recreational and social activities and receive nutrition education and a balanced meal.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

A program working directly with unemployed veterans and employers to make employment matches. Skills assessment, resume writing and interviewing skills are all included in this program.

Population(s) Served

A nutrition education program available to low-income families. It is designed to prevent overweight and obesity and reduce long term chronic disease risks through the promotion of increased fruit and vegetable consumption.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

This program helps individuals develop skills needed to become empowered and self-sufficient in their everyday life. Topics in this program include: stress management, anger management, assertiveness, communication skills, budgeting, family dynamics and development, self-esteem.

Population(s) Served

Hunger 101 is a role play and discussion activity that raises awareness and further understanding of hunger and its many causes. It is used effectively in schools, universities, community and professional organizations, in the workplace and in faith-based groups.

Population(s) Served

Delivers food via a mobile pantry model to schools where at least 50% of the children are enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program. Food is delivered after school hours or on week-ends and distributed to parents.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Part of the Mobile Outreach and Resource Enterprise (M.O.R.E.) Program this mobile outreach unit provides outreach and food assistance to homeless individuals and families in need of help. Food, social service benefit assessments and other referral services are provided. This unique program is the only program on Long Island directly serving the street homeless.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

On-site food pantries located at Long Island Cares 5 satellite locations in Bethpage, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Hampton Bays, Huntington Station, and coming in the Spring of 2024 - Valley Stream. These pantries are designed to help first time pantry users by providing 10 days worth of food and guidance in navigating the food pantries available to them in their own communities. Assessments and referrals for other eligible benefits are also provided.

Population(s) Served

Operated by Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank, which was developed in partnership with the Animal Relief Fund Inc. (ARF), Baxter's Pet Pantry makes free pet food and pet supplies available to pet-owning families in need in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, New York. The pet food and supplies are donated by ARF, individuals, and many pet food corporations.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work


Best Local Charity on Long Island 2010

Long Island Press

Hunger's Hope Award for Agency Capacity 2011

Feeding America

Affiliations & memberships

Feeding America - Affiliate 2023

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2023

Chairty Navigator - 4-star 2023

GuideStar - Platinum Level 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of veterans served at our satellite locations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served


Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

In 2023, there were 2,126 veterans registered to attend Military Appreciation Tuesdays at our satellite locations.

Total pounds of food rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

In 2023, we rescued a total of 3,817,771 pounds of food and other products through our Retail Donation Program.

Total pounds of food distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Harry Chapin Food Bank Emergency Food Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2023, Long Island Cares distributed a total of 14,527,093 pounds of food and other products to our network of member agencies.

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Alleviating hunger where ever present and preventing hunger whenever possible; help create a better quality of life for people in poverty who are hungry and food insecure; debunk myths about the causes and consequences of hunger; address whenever possible the systemic causes of hunger.

Focus on the systemic causes of hunger; bring more direct services to those who are hungry and food insecure; provide better access in the community by having a storefront presence in at-risk communities; and provide not just food but workforce training, career and personal development training and other skills training to help families become self-sufficient.

Long Island Cares has a skilled professional staff with many years of human services experience. Long Island Cares is the contract administrator for the New York State Department of Health's Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) and has held the contract since 1999. Long Island Cares is also the contract administrator the The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) of the USDA. Long Island Cares is a member of Feeding America and is in compliance with all 22 charitable accountability standards as set forth by the BBB.
In 20011 Long Island Cares won Feeding America's Hunger's Hope Award for Agency Capacity for it's Mobile Outreach Resource Enterprise (M.O.R.E.) Program the first of its kind in the Feeding America's network of 200 Food Banks.

Long Island Cares continues to expand direct services and expand the role of the food bank in the community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.89 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 21% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Long Island Cares, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Long Island Cares, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $328,438 $635,557 $571,400 $6,956,670 -$434,494
As % of expenses 2.3% 3.9% 2.8% 22.4% -1.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $40,522 $344,287 $288,398 $6,632,200 -$885,085
As % of expenses 0.3% 2.1% 1.4% 21.1% -3.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $14,440,886 $16,866,837 $20,709,896 $37,878,292 $27,322,521
Total revenue, % change over prior year -6.9% 16.8% 22.8% 82.9% 0.0%
Program services revenue 5.2% 4.9% 5.3% 4.3% 4.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.5% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.0%
Government grants 17.7% 14.1% 14.6% 5.4% 21.5%
All other grants and contributions 76.6% 80.6% 79.8% 90.1% 73.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $14,282,409 $16,153,489 $20,185,838 $31,088,191 $27,615,223
Total expenses, % change over prior year -4.8% 13.1% 25.0% 54.0% 0.0%
Personnel 19.6% 18.7% 16.4% 13.4% 17.9%
Professional fees 1.1% 1.3% 1.4% 0.9% 2.0%
Occupancy 1.4% 1.5% 1.3% 1.6% 3.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.6% 0.5% 0.6% 1.2% 0.7%
All other expenses 77.2% 78.0% 80.3% 82.9% 76.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $14,570,325 $16,444,759 $20,468,840 $31,412,661 $28,065,814
One month of savings $1,190,201 $1,346,124 $1,682,153 $2,590,683 $2,301,269
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $811,828 $962,117
Total full costs (estimated) $15,760,526 $17,790,883 $22,150,993 $34,815,172 $31,329,200

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Months of cash 3.6 3.2 2.0 2.9 3.8
Months of cash and investments 5.4 4.7 3.4 4.0 5.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.0 4.7 4.0 5.0 5.7
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Cash $4,293,555 $4,249,968 $3,392,254 $7,614,211 $8,772,271
Investments $2,128,292 $2,018,567 $2,342,637 $2,697,966 $3,283,845
Receivables $151,037 $156,974 $820,472 $3,290,087 $2,528,990
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $4,694,840 $4,749,858 $4,980,581 $5,792,409 $6,975,369
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 35.3% 38.7% 42.5% 42.2% 42.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 9.1% 9.0% 10.3% 10.3% 20.8%
Unrestricted net assets $8,948,314 $9,292,601 $9,580,999 $16,213,199 $17,226,603
Temporarily restricted net assets $460,144 $322,693 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $75,000 $75,000 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $535,144 $397,693 $666,805 $791,200 $797,060
Total net assets $9,483,458 $9,690,294 $10,247,804 $17,004,399 $18,023,663

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Mr. Paule T. Pachter ACSW, LMSW

Mr. Pachter is a graduate of the Adelphi University School of Social Work and has held several positions within Long Island’s human services community including Deputy Commissioner of the Nassau County Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. He is credited with influencing the passage of New York State’s social work parity legislation, and in 1985, Mr. Pachter was selected “Nassau County Social Worker of the Year” by the NASW Nassau Division. Mr. Pachter is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Association; he is also a 2006 recipient of the New York State Liberty Medal, the state’s highest honor for his work in the relief efforts associated with Hurricane Katrina. As part of his vision, Pachter has redefined the role of a food bank to offer more direct services bringing Long Island Cares in closer contact with people in need, expanding mobile operations and building a network of community resources

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Long Island Cares, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/19/2023

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.