Breaking Bread at Long Island CaresNov 07, 2023
Breaking Bread at Long Island Cares | Steve Chassman, Executive Director, LICADD
Paule Pachter welcomes Steve Chassman, Executive Director - Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence. "LICADD is not trying to solve the drug problem. We are just trying to help one Long Islander or one Long Island family at a time, and we have done that successfully I think for 67 years" To learn more, please visit their website https://www.licadd.org
Episode 34: Ever wonder how finance works in a food bank?
Money, Money, Money - Helen Liarano, Vice President for Finance and Administration, talks about the role of finance within non-profits and provides some tips to help your non-profit succeed.
Episode 33: Is Long Island Cares still experiencing supply chain issues?
Robert LaBarbara, Vice President for Procurement & Supply Chain Management at Long Island Cares discusses purchasing one-third of most of the food delivered from The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank to our 325 community-based member agencies, and some of the challenges including rising costs that impact our ability to provide more than 13 million pounds of food annually to feed our neighbors in need.
Episode 32: Joani Madarash, President of Suffolk County Rehabiliation Council
Joani Madarash, President of Suffolk County Rehabilitation Council shares a few laughs with Paule Pachter and discusses how the association helps enhance the lives of people with disabilities and advocates for their rights.
Breaking Bread at Long Island Cares | Matt Cohen, President & CEO - Long Island Association
Paule Pachter welcomes Matt Cohen, President & CEO - Long Island Association
"Our primary mission is to improve the business climate, look out for the business community out here on Long Island, promote economic development opportunities, and really keep Long Island the best place to live."
Find out more by visiting https://www.longislandassociation.org
Episode 31: Development and Fundraising at Long Island Cares
Katherine Fritz, Vice President for Development and Communications at Long Island Cares, discusses raising money, cultivating donors, and keeping communication front and center when nurturing generous donors to support our work.
Episode 30: The Importance of Public Relations at Long Island Cares
Peter Crescenti, Media Specialist at Long Island Cares, sits down with me to discuss the importance of an active public relations initiative to promote our work and inform the community about food insecurity on Long Island.
Breaking Bread at Long Island Cares | Dr. Eisenstein, VP and Chief Public and Community Health Officer, CHSLI
Paule Pachter welcomes Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein, VP and Chief Public and Community Health Officer - Catholic Health Services Long Island "The true value in healthcare today is addressing social determinants and other factors that impact health outcomes. Very often people say, 'I have a great doctor, I have a great hospital, therefore I am healthy'. If you have gotten to that hospital, it’s too late. The other factors have won out" To learn more, please visit their website https://www.chsli.org
Breaking Bread at Long Island Cares | Ryan McGary, Chief of Staff - Suffolk AME
Paule Pachter welcomes Ryan McGary, Chief of Staff - Suffolk AME "Our members as individuals are incredibly altruistic people. They believe in the work that they do, so much so that when they are not on the clock, they are still giving back and serving their communities." To learn more, please visit their website https://suffolkame.com
The Legislative Sessions Episode 7: NYS Assemblyman Fred Thiele
NYS Assemblyman Fred Thiele joins Paule Pachter and Michael Haynes to discuss the 2023 Legislative Session in Albany, focusing on Housing, Education, and Food Insecurity.
Breaking Bread at Long Island Cares | Daniel Lloyd, Founder and President of Minority Millennials, Inc.
Paule Pachter welcomes Daniel J. Lloyd, Founder & President - Minority Millennials, Inc. "Our mission is to help young people of color to access jobs, build wealth and become civically engaged." To learn more, please visit their website https://minoritymillennials.org
Episode 29: Hungry for Change
Paule Pachter discusses two informative articles currently featured in Long Island Cares' "Hungry for Change" newsletter focusing on college and pet food pantries.
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The Legislative Sessions Episode 6: NYS Assemblyman Keith Brown
NYS Assemblyman Keith Brown discusses the current legislative session in Albany and some of the high and/or low points that will impact Long Island, including support for hunger assistance services.
Breaking Bread at Long Island Cares | Children nutrition programs in schools
In this episode, Paule Pachter chats with Long Island Cares Child Nutrition Program Specialist Kerry Tooker and Spiro Tsirkas of the City of Glen Cove Youth Bureau. Listen in as they discuss the unique challenges and solutions for feeding the over 60,000 food-insecure kids living on Long Island.
Episode 28: Our communities most needed items and how you can host a food drive
Billy Gonyou, Food Drive and Community Events Manager at Long Island Cares describes the process for corporate, civic, and other organizations interested in sponsoring a food drive to benefit The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank. Billy also discusses what types of foods are most requested by our neighbors in need, as well as by numerous food pantries that are members of Long Island Cares, Inc.
Episode 27: Donors and Special Events
Kaylin Peterson, Philanthropy Manager at Long Island Cares, Inc., discusses her role in cultivating new individual and corporate donors. She also describes upcoming special events to support the regional food bank that all Long Islanders are invited to attend, including Paws Walk to benefit Baxter's Pet Pantry and the annual Harry Chapin Tribute Concert in Eisenhower Park scheduled for July 16.
The Legislative Sessions Episode 5: NYS Assemblyman Jake Blumencranz
As New York's legislative session comes to an end, NYS Assemblyman Jake Blumencranz discusses some of the legislative highlights, wins and losses that will have an impact on Long Island.
The Legislative Sessions Episode 4: NYS Senator Mario Matera
NYS Senator Mario Matera discusses the accomplishments and issues as the NYS legislative session comes to end. We take a closer look into such topics as crime, energy, education, and of course food insecurity in an honest and candid conversation.
Breaking Bread at Long Island Cares | Nutrition and Our Community
Long Island Cares provides more than just food. Learn how our nutritionists provide lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables and educate our communities.
Episode 26: Summer Hunger
Kerry Tooker, Manager of Child Nutrition Programs at Long Island Cares, Inc., describes Long Island Cares' Summer Meals Program, which provides healthy meals for children experiencing food insecurity during the summer months when schools are closed. Working collaboratively with our partner agencies, Kerry oversees providing nutritious meals to some of the 65,000 children on Long Island that rely upon the regional food bank for a summer lunch or breakfast.
Breaking Bread at Long Island Cares | Cona Elder Law
Paule Pachter welcomes Jennifer Cona, Managing Partner of Cona Elder Law.
"There are so many things that go into elder law, and one of our priorities is to help people with all of that under one umbrella." To learn more, please visit their website https://conaelderlaw.com
Episode 25: Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, Family & Children Assoc. Part One and Two
Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, President and CEO of the Family & Children's Association discusses addiction on Long Island, kids' mental health, gun violence, and vulnerable seniors with Paule Pachter.
Breaking Bread at Long Island Cares | Robert Vitelli CEO LGBTQ Network
Robert Vitelli, CEO of the LGBTQ Network, shares with us the tailored programs offered at the center and the significant need for these programs within our community.
"The level of stigma that people in our community continue to face, even though there's been such great advances, is still very palpable and can be very challenging and demoralizing." Robert Vitelli, MA, CEO, LGBTQ Network
Episode 24: Robert Vitelli, CEO of the LGBTQ Network
The LGBTQ community is extremely diverse and has a variety of needs. Older adults face significant levels of isolation and are often rejected by their families. 50% of LGBTQ people are not out at work because they fear losing connections with their co-workers. 25% of LGBTQ people live in poverty and are more susceptible to food insecurity. Robert Vitelli, CEO of the LGBTQ Network, takes us inside the LGBTQ Network and its essential role in the LGBTQ community.
"We are a home, and we are a voice. Not only for the LGBTQ community but for their families and their support system." Robert Vitelli, MA
Episode 23: Meredith Michaels, CDO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Long Island
Paule Pachter and Meredith Michaels, CDO of Big Brothers Big Sisters, discuss the importance of consistent mentorship for children in our community. Big Brothers Big Sisters' mentors come from all types of backgrounds, areas of industry, professional experiences, and ages. They are looking for someone that is committed, someone who shows up.
Breaking Bread at Long Island Cares | Marcel Leis, Director of Veteran Services, Association for Mental Health & Awareness Part 2
Part Two of our interview with Marcel Leis, Director of Veteran Services at the Association for Mental Health and Wellness.
The Association for Mental Health and Wellness, a not-for-profit corporation based in Ronkonkoma, NY, provides programs, services, and advocacy for people facing mental health challenges with an enhanced focus on serving military Veterans.
Breaking Bread at Long Island Cares | Marcel Leis, Director of Veteran Services, Association for Mental Health & Awareness Part 1
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we would like to re-introduce Marcel Leis, Director of Veteran Services at the Association for Mental Health and Wellness. The Association for Mental Health and Wellness, a not-for-profit corporation based in Ronkonkoma, NY, provides programs, services, and advocacy for people facing mental health challenges with an enhanced focus on serving military Veterans. Watch this two-part series to learn about the resources available in your community and how you can help.
Episode 22: Laura Harding, President of Erase Racism Part Two
Paule Pachter, President and CEO of Long Island Cares continues this impactful and informative conversation about racism with Laura Harding, President of Erase Racism.
Breaking Bread at Long Island Cares | Meredith Michaels, CDO of Big Brothers Big Sisters discusses discuss the importance of consistent mentorship.
What does it mean to be a big and a little? Find out as you listen to Paule Pachter and Meredith Michaels, CDO of Big Brothers Big Sisters, discuss the importance of consistent mentorship for children in our community. Big Brothers Big Sisters' mentors come from all types of backgrounds, areas of industry, professional experiences, and ages. They are looking for someone that is committed, someone who shows up.
Episode 21: Laura Harding, President of Erase Racism Part One
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced” James Baldwin. Join Paule Pachter as he takes a deep dive into a critical issue that affects all of us. Racism is different for everyone, and it works for everyone, but together we can make change.
Episode 20: Colleen Merlo, CEO of the Association for Mental Health and Wellness
Paule Pachter and Colleen Merlo, CEO of the Association for Mental Health and Wellness, deeply dive into our community's mental needs, including the help our veterans need.
The Legislative Sessions Episode 3: NYS Senator Jack Martins
NYS Senator Jack Martins join Paule Pachter, President & CEO, and Michael Haynes, Vice President for Government Affairs and Advocacy to discuss happenings in Albany including, a discussion about the NYS budget.
Breaking Bread at Long Island Cares | Terri Alissi, HIA-LI President & CEO discusses their impact on the Long Island Business community.
HIA-LI is a powerful force in regional and economic development for Long Island. Paule Pachter discusses with Terri Alessi-Miceli, HIA-LI President, the they role within the Long Island Business community.
Episode 19: Tia Muller, a homesteading gardener and volunteer at Long Island Cares talks about giving back.
Tia Muller, a homesteading gardener who also volunteers at Long Island Cares, donates the food she doesn't use to feed her family to feed the hungry on Long Island.
Breaking Bread at Long Island Cares | Colleen Merlo, CEO, Association for Mental Health and Wellness
Paule Pachter and Colleen Merlo, CEO of the Association for Mental Health and Wellness, deeply dive into our community's mental needs, including the help our veterans need.
Episode 18: Inside Long Island Cares' Satellite Locations
Dali Boczek, Director of Satellite Services joins me to discuss our six locations throughout Nassau and Suffolk County that provide emergency food pantries, information and referral services, and other opportunities where people can get involved in supporting our neighbors struggling with food insecurity.
Episode 17: Hosting Food Drives & Community Eve
Billy Gonyou, Food Drive and Community Events Manager discusses how people, organizations, and businesses can sponsor a successful food drive to benefit Long Island Cares-The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank.
The Legislative Sessions Episode 2: NYS Assemblyman Charles Lavine
NYS Assemblyman Charles Lavine join Paule Pachter, President & CEO, and Michael Haynes, Vice President for Government Affairs and Advocacy to discuss happenings in Albany including, a discussion about the NYS budget.
Episode 16: Hope for the Homeless
Each month, Long Island Cares provides emergency food to nearly 900 homeless people living on the streets and in the elements. John McKeon, our homeless outreach coordinator discusses our Hope for the Homeless mobile outreach program and the challenges we encounter while trying to help our "un-housed neighbors" keep safe.
Episode 15: Equitable Food Acces
Dr. Jessica Rosati, Vice President for Programs and Ana Penavic, Research Assistant discuss Long Island Cares' new publication entitled, "Equitable Food Access: An assessment of racial and cultural food barriers on Long Island," and focus on what our organization is doing to increase diversity, equity and inclusion.
Episode 14: Disaster Preparedness
Lisa M. Owens, Program Manager for Long Island Cares discusses the role of the regional food bank in responding to emergencies such as Superstorm Sandy, COVID-19, and climate change. We also take a look inside Long Island Cares' disaster plan which if updated annually as new challenges impact our organization and the communities we serve.
Breaking Bread at Long Island Cares | 2023 Legislative Agenda with Michael Haynes, VP Government Relations
Long Island Cares' Paule Pachter, CEO, and Michael Haynes, Vice President for Government Relations & Advocacy, discuss 2023 Legislative Priorities, including the potential passage of the Farm Bill and our hope that it is fair, responsive and helps strengthen The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). They also discuss the upcoming cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and its devastating effect on our communities.
Episode 13: Inside a Kosher Food Pantry
Rivka Halpern, LCSW, Director of the Rena Skolnick Food Pantry, a part of the Marion & Aaron Gural JCC in Cedarhurst talks about food insecurity within the Jewish and Kosher communities.
Episode 12: Why We Volunteer - Adopt-A-Family
Long Island Cares' volunteers Maresa Hoheb and Karin Spencer discuss the rewards of volunteering with our Adopt-A-Family holiday meals program. Both retired professionals, they discuss the importance of helping our neighbors in need and the many rewarding experiences they've had at the regional food bank.
Episode 11: Younger Voices Talk About Hunger
Carlos Jennings a Radio and Television Production student at Suffolk County Community College joins me for a discussion about the younger generations' opinions and feelings related to hunger and food insecurity in suburbia. A candid conversation about poverty, services and advocacy.
Episode 11: Career Opportunities through Long Island Cares
Lisa M. Owens, Program Manager at Long Island Cares, discusses our New Paths to Achievement program and addresses the importance of work for people struggling with food insecurity.
The Legislative Sessions Episode 1: Legislative Priorities with NYS Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean- Pierre
New York State Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean Pierre discusses the important issues of the day from Long Island to Albany with an emphasis on human service issues.
Episode 9: JSY (Just Say Yes to Fruits & Vegetables)
Laura Simmons, JSY Coordinator, discusses our JSY Program aimed at helping people making good choices to improve their diet and health.
Episode 8: Volunteering
Nancy Guarino, Volunteer Coordinator at Long Island Cares discusses opportunities for students, groups and local corporations to join in the fight against hunger on Long Island.
Episode 7: A Closer Look into long Island Cares' Programs
Dr. Jessica Rosati, Chief Programs Officer discusses Long Island Cares Summer Food Service, Hope for the Homeless, and Children's Breakfast Food Truck programs that assist children and families in need.