Feeding The Hungry At The INN

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Nassau County Executive Laura Curran tours the Interfaith Nutrition Network in Hempstead. She is pictured (second from right) here with volunteers who work in the soup kitchen.

Feeding the hungry and the homeless and giving them a chance to have a shower, get support and to provide temporary shelter is the mission of Interfaith Nutrition Network. In her new role as Nassau County Executive, Laura Curran recently toured the Hempstead-based Interfaith Nutrition Network (The INN). The INN is a volunteer-based organization with people who take the time out of their busy lives to help those in need. Manhasset resident Peggy Markham dedicates one day a week supporting the efforts of the INN. Many organizations within Manhasset have and continue to support the INN.

Established in 1983, the INN has been providing meals to the hungry. Now, 35 years later, it has evolved and provides food, emergency shelter and long-term housing and resources to transform guests’ life circumstances.

“It was a pleasure to tour The INN, the largest private social service agency of its kind on Long Island,” said Curran. “We are very grateful for The INN’s more than 30 years of service to the community. The wide-ranging programs offered here have helped people from all over Long Island to overcome the challenges of hunger and homelessness.”

Founded in 1983 as a single soup kitchen run by a small group of concerned volunteers, The INN, a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization, has grown to deliver its services through 14 soup kitchens in 21 locations, three homeless shelters, and a long-term housing program consisting of 13 housing units for families. Today, more than 5,500 people are fed by volunteers each week at the INN.

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Port Washington News, special features including the Business Quarterly column, Manhasset Magazine, Pride In Port, Port Washington News, Port Gift Guide and other special sections. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community newspaper" several years in a row.

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