Sharon’s Pantry is named after Sharon Sheppard, the current assistant director of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Rockville Centre, New York. The Pantry is dedicated to helping local residents who face food insecurity.
The Pantry was founded in the spring of 2020 in partnership with the Anti-Racism Project. At its inception we were assisting twenty-two families. That number has now increased to 115 families per week. We provide our services to Rockville Centre residents and to those in surrounding communities.
Sharon’s Pantry is an all volunteer group. We are supported by donations from the communities we serve and by Island Harvest. We operate under the auspices of the Anti-Racism Project and all monetary donations for the Pantry go directly into a dedicated account and are tax deductible under the Anti-Racism Project’s non-profit 501(c)(3) status. One hundred percent of the donations go toward buying meat, fresh produce and other necessities. There are no administrative fees.
What is food insecurity?
There are children who go to bed hungry, there are senior citizens who must decide between food and medicine or who do not have enough to afford nutritious food, parents who must choose paying the utility bill over purchasing enough food for their whole family, parents who take meager portions so their children do not have to feel the pangs of hunger and the subsequent effects such as impaired cognitive learning and behavioral issues. If you have never had to make those choices, imagine what it must be like. These are our neighbors. They are people on fixed incomes, some working two or more jobs to try to make ends meet, people who may make just a little too much to qualify for federal nutrition programs. We serve families, seniors and veterans.
According to the Urban Institute in the summer of 2022 almost 25% of all households were food insecure, an increase of 6% from the spring of 2021. In some communities the percentage is even higher. Nearly 50% of these households are the “working poor” whose wages can’t keep up with the high cost of living in Nassau County.
How you can make a difference:
How to make a monetary donation:
Donations can be made via Zelle to email@example.com or by check to Anti-Racism Project, 30 Seaman Ave, Rockville Centre, NY 11570.
How to make a food donation:
Food items can be dropped off at Sharon’s Pantry located within the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center at 150 N. Centre Ave., Rockville Centre, NY. between the hours
of 8:30 - 11 Friday mornings.