The Rudman Family Food Pantry

Feeding Long Island’s Hungry

The Rudman Family Food Pantry at the Mid-Island Y JCC focuses on homebound seniors and low income families throughout Long Island. Nearly half of the people we help are poor/near poor. The other half are people who can get by under normal circumstances, but are struggling now because of the current crisis. The monthly requests for assistance have quadrupled since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. We receive new requests every single day!

In addition to non-perishable foods, household supplies and personal care items, the Rudman Family Food Pantry now has volunteers shopping for perishable groceries and delivering them. We are also delivering pre-made meals to homebound seniors. More than 400 meals will be delivered this week!

No one should go hungry on Long Island! The Rudman Family Food Pantry prides itself on maintaining peoples dignity by providing what they want and need. We address a families dietary needs, provide kosher food items, and make sure the kids have their favorite foods and brands.

As we grow our programs, it is our responsibility to make sure individuals and families get the help they need. There are many ways you can help!

If you or someone you know is in need of services from the Rudman Family Food Pantry, please contact [email protected]


Please consider making a monetary donation to help the Rudman Family Food Pantry during this critical time. Your support will help feed thousands of Long Islanders suffering from food insecurity. 



Bring the light and joy of Chanukah to a Holocaust Survivor. Contributions to The Rudman Family Food Pantry will enable us to provide a traditional Kosher Chanukah meal to Holocaust Survivors across Long Island.



By donating non perishable food items, household cleaning supplies and personal care items, you can help us provide needed items.
Our list changes weekly, so please check our website to see our most current needs.

This week we are requesting:

  • Laundry Detergent

  • Dish Soap
  • Canned Salmon
  • Juice
  • Instant Coffee – Regular and Decaf

Collection bins are located outside the front door of the MIYJCC for easy, hands-free drop off.

Recycle your CLEAN Fresh Direct bags to us!


During these unprecedented times, your help is vital to our community. Current volunteer opportunities are:

Pantry package DELIVERY: Pick up pantry packages from the Mid-Island Y JCC and deliver to those requesting assistance from The Rudman Family Food Pantry. Days and times are flexible to meet your schedule.

ShopRite From HOME: Pick Up an online shopping order for a local, homebound senior and deliver it to their home. Days and times vary.

Sunshine for SENIORS: Happy birthday drop off. Add some happy to the birthday of a senior who is isolated and homebound. It can include cake, flowers, balloons or anything festive. You will be provided the recipient’s name and address. Please call and deliver your package on their birthday!

Loaves of LOVE: This project connects volunteers with Holocaust survivors twice a month.
Challah and Shabbos candles are delivered by volunteers in time for Shabbat. Kosher Challah bakers needed.

Those interested in volunteering can email Gail Warrack at [email protected] or Rhonda Green at [email protected].


LOAVES of LOVE continues! 22 volunteers delivered fresh baked challah and Shabbos candles to 22 Holocaust survivors.

No power empowered us! Teens from our Teen Leadership Programs donated water and flashlights so we would be prepared to help. Hurricane Isaias hit and we were ready. Volunteers delivered these essential items to 40 seniors in our community.

Feel Good Moment of the Day: Four new gardeners donated their fresh produce to us as part of our Grow More, Give More Project. How lucky are the Rudman Family Food Pantry recipients?