Long Island Cares, Inc.

Because it takes more than food to feed the hungry

aka The Harry Chapin Food Bank   |   Hauppauge, NY   |
GuideStar Charity Check

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

Homeless people

Low-income people

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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 11 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

Mobile Outreach Vans with on-board food pantry providing food, assessment and referral services to individuals and families in need.

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 three satellite locations in Bethpage, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Hampton Bays, Huntington Station, and coming in the Spring of 2023 - 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 2022

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2022

Chairty Navigator - 4-star 2022

GuideStar - Platinum Level 2022

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 2022, staff distributed 74,013 meals to our veterans in need.

Total pounds of food rescued

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

In 2022, we rescued a total of 2,609,283 pounds of food from our retail donors. This represents an increase of 610,120 pounds or 30.5% in comparison to 1,999,163 pounds rescued in 2021.

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

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Long Island Cares, Inc. brings together all available resources for the benefit of hungry and food insecure people on Long Island and, to the best of our ability, provides for the humanitarian needs of our community. Our goals are to improve food security for families, sponsor programs that help families achieve self-sufficiency, and educate the general public about the causes and consequences of hunger on Long Island. Our vision is “A Hunger Free Long Island”. We operate 6 satellite food pantries, and provide food and support services for a network of more than 374 community-based member agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, child care programs, disability organizations, veterans’ services programs and more.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    in 2023 Long Island Cares will open a new Food Pantry in Valley Stream to meet the needs of people impacted by food insecurity. This will make the 6th pantry to open in communities of high food insecurity on Long Island. Long Island Cares' Center for Community Engagement (CCE), promotes an inclusive, equitable, and accessible organization where every agency partner, community member, donor, volunteer, staff, and board member can realize their potential and have their contributions valued. The CCE was created to provide a way for community members to explore the root causes of hunger in the same way that Long Island Cares has been for the last 42 years. Long Island Cares and the CCE will confront systemic inequalities permeating our society and create hope to end hunger.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • 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 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.65 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 23% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Long Island Cares, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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

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 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $845,422 $380,405 $328,438 $635,557 $571,400
As % of expenses 5.9% 2.5% 2.3% 3.9% 2.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $637,018 $127,289 $40,522 $344,287 $288,398
As % of expenses 4.4% 0.8% 0.3% 2.1% 1.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $15,343,513 $15,511,062 $14,440,886 $16,866,837 $20,709,896
Total revenue, % change over prior year 4.7% 1.1% -6.9% 16.8% 22.8%
Program services revenue 4.2% 5.5% 5.2% 4.9% 5.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.0% 0.5% 0.3% 0.3%
Government grants 17.8% 18.5% 17.7% 14.1% 14.6%
All other grants and contributions 78.0% 75.9% 76.6% 80.6% 79.8%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $14,433,528 $15,001,903 $14,282,409 $16,153,489 $20,185,838
Total expenses, % change over prior year -7.7% 3.9% -4.8% 13.1% 25.0%
Personnel 19.1% 18.3% 19.6% 18.7% 16.4%
Professional fees 0.7% 0.8% 1.1% 1.3% 1.4%
Occupancy 1.4% 1.3% 1.4% 1.5% 1.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.5% 0.6% 0.6% 0.5% 0.6%
All other expenses 78.3% 79.1% 77.2% 78.0% 80.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total expenses (after depreciation) $14,641,932 $15,255,019 $14,570,325 $16,444,759 $20,468,840
One month of savings $1,202,794 $1,250,159 $1,190,201 $1,346,124 $1,682,153
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $553,266 $361,570 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $16,397,992 $16,866,748 $15,760,526 $17,790,883 $22,150,993

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Months of cash 2.5 3.0 3.6 3.2 2.0
Months of cash and investments 3.8 4.4 5.4 4.7 3.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.5 4.7 5.0 4.7 4.0
Balance sheet composition info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Cash $2,986,378 $3,742,585 $4,293,555 $4,249,968 $3,392,254
Investments $1,575,577 $1,708,477 $2,128,292 $2,018,567 $2,342,637
Receivables $536,166 $413,028 $151,037 $156,974 $820,472
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $4,160,214 $4,450,132 $4,694,840 $4,749,858 $4,980,581
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 29.4% 31.6% 35.3% 38.7% 42.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 6.5% 7.0% 9.1% 9.0% 10.3%
Unrestricted net assets $8,291,163 $8,907,792 $8,948,314 $9,292,601 $9,580,999
Temporarily restricted net assets $227,057 $415,353 $460,144 $322,693 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $540,256 $75,000 $75,000 $75,000 N/A
Total restricted net assets $767,313 $490,353 $535,144 $397,693 $666,805
Total net assets $9,058,476 $9,398,145 $9,483,458 $9,690,294 $10,247,804

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
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

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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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 1/19/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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Gender 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.