The Interfaith Nutrition Network, known as The INN, says it has seen a much-appreciated increase in donations and assistance from businesses and volunteers in the last month, as the Hempstead-based nonprofit responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the middle of March, The INN has given out 9,571 lunches to 5,000 people and 811 pantry bags of groceries to families. In addition, 44 people have been safely quarantined in INN shelters and 12 people were placed in temporary housing.
The INN has raised more than $60,000 in the last month and has welcomed help from a variety of businesses.
Humana Long Island donated over 300 cases of food for the food pantry at the Mary Brennan INN soup kitchen. The staff and owners of Trattoria Diane in Roslyn made, donated and delivered 1,200 meals of macaroni and cheese, turkey chili and chicken pot pies for The INN’s guests. Starbucks employees delivered 25 gallons of fresh milk for soup kitchen guests.
“We had to take a moment to express our extreme gratitude to all of you,” The INN staff said via email. “Even in this time of crisis, our passionate and dedicated INN supporters have dug deep into their hearts and pockets, taken time out of their own days of uncertainty, change and struggle to help others.”
To find out how you can assist The INN’s efforts, visit: the-inn.org/how-to-help.