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Post-Irene, gathering markets' food for poor

The Whole Foods supermarket in Jericho didn't have electricity Tuesday, but it still had one customer: Long Island Food Not Bombs, a food-recovery group that takes unsaleable but still edible food from supermarkets and distributes it to food pantries and the hungry. Karen Greene, a manager at Whole Foods, said her store called Food Not Bombs after the store lost power Sunday morning to salvage food that would otherwise spoil. Read More.

Food Not Bombs sets up in Wyandanch

Originally published in Newsday on Sept. 3rd, 2012 by MACKENZIE ISSLER. The original story can be read online at http://www.newsday.com/long-island/food-not-bombs-sets-up-in-wyandanch-1.3948579. Photo Credit: Ed Betz

Starting early on a recent Saturday, a handful of people -- their cars packed with fresh produce, baked goods and bouquets of flowers -- drove to Wyandanch.

They started handing out their bounty from behind folding tables, transforming a sidewalk on Straight Path into the newest food distribution site. Read More

Solutions to Food Waste in America

Originally published on Dec 17, 2012 by US Tzu Chi 360 on their youtube channel.

Americans today are wasting 40% of their food. Uneaten food accounts for the second largest component of landfills. Join us in this episode as we scour the streets of New York City to find ways to reduce and recover quality, fresh food.

12 Making A Difference: Community Solidarity

Originally published by News 12, Long Island. News 12 recognizes Jon Stepanian and Community Solidarity, Inc. as one of their "12 Making a Difference" for 2015. The full video which aired on Jan. 30th 2015 can be found on the News 12 website at the following link:

http://longisland.news12.com/multimedia/12-making-a-difference-community-solidarity-1.9884040

Jon Stepanian runs the largest community-run grassroots food distribution programs in the U.S. on Long Island.

Battling Waste and Want

Printed on April 24th, 2014 in Newsday, "LI Food Not Bombs offers free vegetarian food shares" written by CLAUDIA GRYVATZ COPQUIN

"There, volunteers set up the food on long tables and share it, along with fresh flowers, used clothing, books, seeds, toys and school supplies, with anyone who wants it. No money is ever exchanged. Social service agencies are not involved. No one on the food line is asked for documentation, their name or income."

This Is What Solidarity Looks Like: 24hrs With Long Island Food Not Bombs

[HEMPSTEAD, NY] The hunger relief efforts of a small group of dedicated and caring Long Islanders operating on a near-zero budget is eclipsing that of the relief efforts of many well-funded 501-c3 organizations, both in number of people served and in the volume of food distributed. The group, a Long Island chapter of the decentralized, grassroots, hunger relief group, Food Not Bombs, is serving to both inspire the local community and simultaneously raise questions as to how an autonomous group with a shoestring budget can outmatch non-profits of similar purpose whose operating budget exceeds millions of dollars annually.

If you have anything that could be of use to others that you'd like to share with Community Solidarity, Inc. we can arrange a pick up at a location and time of your convenience - all you have to do is contact us by calling 631.223.4370 or email us at info

[at] [dot] communitysolidarityl org .

We also encourage folks to bring items they'd like to share (clothing, books, toys, etc...) to one of our various Food Shares, you can find a location closest to you and directions by clicking on any of the drop off locations listed to the right.

Interested in sharing any of the following items with Community Solidarity? Just click on any of the links to jump to that section.

Clothing
Books
Bikes
School Supplies
Toys
Cooking Supplies
Plants/Seeds
Medical Care
Table Supplies
Your Time
Flowers

Community Solidarity shares millions of pounds of food each year with tens of thousands of hungry people each year. We are able to do so in large part thanks to local supportive business owners, employees, farmers and some pretty incredible individuals.

Community Solidarity, Inc. depends on community involvement. That's why it's so important for you to get involved.

If you work at a grocery store or food establishment you probably already know that a lot of good food gets thrown out every day - in fact the amount of food that is wasted in the United States alone is enough to feed the entire world. Help us by prevent some of that waste and together we can start feeding our community today! It's very easy to share your unused food with Community Solidarity!

Arranging Pickups
Foods We Accept
Resources for Businesses
Resources for Employees
Resources for Gardeners