On July 17, 2018, Long Island Cares, along with several state and local elected officials, held a press conference to announce the results of its recent Pet Food Drive. Twenty-nine local and state legislators participated in the “7th Annual Legislative Pet Food Drive,” which yielded more than 15,000 pounds of pet food to benefit Baxter’s Pet Pantry. This is the most successful drive in the history of the Annual Legislative Pet Food Drive.
Baxter’s Pet Pantry, which is operated by Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Food Bank, helps families in need feed their pets, including dogs, cats, and birds.
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. The pet food and supplies are supplied by ARF, VCA Animal Hospitals, PETCO, and many pet food corporations.
Over 200 pantries regularly order pet food from Long Island Cares. Since 2009, the agency has distributed more than one million pounds of pet food.
Long Island Cares mission: Founded by the late Harry Chapin, Long Island Cares brings together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry and food insecure 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.