The Community Pantry at the Suffolk Y JCC serves a wide range of individuals in need in Suffolk County. This includes low-income individuals and families as well as homebound seniors. The people visiting the Pantry are poor or near-poor and are experiencing food insecurity due to many reasons, including unemployment, unanticipated child care needs, and the overall economic climate. Since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, requests for assistance have quadrupled. There are now over 100 visitors to the Pantry on an average week. 

The Community Pantry provides non-perishable food, personal care items and cleaning supplies, all of which are donated.  Visitors are able to “shop” at the Pantry with dignity and without fear of judgement, choosing what is needed at no charge. A committed corps of volunteers keeps the Pantry open and organized during the following hours of operation: Monday and Thursday, 12-6; Friday through Sunday, 9-1 (closed on Tuesday and Wednesday).

As our programs grow, so does the need for support from our community. There are many ways you can help!

Spring & Summer Flowering Bulb Fundraiser

Help support the Community Garden at the SYJCC with this fundraiser. Fill your garden with colorful flowering bulbs from the Art in Nature bulb and seed collection. All proceed will help to grow fresh produce for the Community Pantry.

Purchase before Tuesday, April 19, 2024 

Enter in SYJCC Group ID# 39640 to view the collection and place your order

Pick up orders at the SYJCC the week of May 6, 2024, just in time for Mother’s Day!

To purchase, please

April is National Pickleball Month!

Pickles are condiments too! In honor of National Pickleball Month, help us stock the Community Pantry at the SYJCC with pickles and their condiment friends like salad dressings, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, oil, vinegar, relish, hot sauce, etc.

Drop off bins located in the SYJCC lobby and Fitness Center during the month of April. 

Please consider making a monetary donation to help The Pantry purchase items to supplement item donations.
Suffolk Y JCC brick community pantry building
shelves of food and other items inside JCC community pantry bulding