Ones to Watch: The Food Pantry Farm in Long Island, N.Y.

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Nestled deep in East Hampton, Long Island, is a gem of a farm whose sole purpose is to feed the hungry.

The Food Pantry Farm is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates on about two acres of land at EECO Farm.  Run by volunteers John Malafronte, Ira Bezoza,  and Peter Garnham, it donates fresh, organic produce to local food pantries. Between May and November of 2009, the organization donated thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables to the East Hampton Food Pantry. The following year, The Food Pantry Farm more than doubled its output. The group now supplies vegetables every  week to the East Hampton, Springs, and Sag Harbor food pantries.

Because all the food is given away, The Food Pantry Farm relies on donations to buy seeds, growing supplies, tools, and harvesting materials. All donations go 100-percent to support the Food Pantry Farm. For more information or to help out, click here.

Get involved locally! Check with your local food pantry to see if you can drop off your extra homegrown produce for distribution.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.