Food Help Long Island
Long Island Anti-Hunger Initiative (LIAH)
If you live on Long Island and struggle to keep food on the table, you are not alone.
All across the region, there are children who go to school without breakfast, adults who skip meals to pay for housing and energy, and older adults who have difficulty affording both food and medications. In fact, each year, Long Island food banks help almost 300,000 people secure emergency food for themselves and their families. Thousands of people also receive help through the Long Island Anti-Hunger Initiative (LIAH).
LIAH provides free, confidential services including:
We can help you find out if you may qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP provides a monthly supplement that stretches the food budgets of those who meet program guidelines.
- One-on-one application assistance
The SNAP application can be confusing. We’ll help you to fill it out properly, at a location that is convenient for you.
- Translation services
We can help find someone to work with you in your language
- Education about nutrition assistance programs
There are programs and resources in addition to SNAP that can help stretch your food budget. We’ll explain how they work and help you to connect with them.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island at 516-505-4430 or SNAP@hwcli.com.
You can also apply for SNAP online at myBenefits.ny.gov
In existence since 2011, LIAH is a partnership of national, state, and Long Island partners who came together to address the area’s growing and changing needs for SNAP benefits. Using a combination of traditional outreach methods and technology-based strategies, LIAH helps any Long Islander in need, but puts a special focus on reaching the newly unemployed, single-female-headed households, the working poor, older adults and documented immigrants. LIAH partners include Hunger Solutions New York, The Health and Welfare Council of Long Island and Island Harvest.