'Angels of Long Island' to open food pantry in Mastic on Tuesday

The nonprofit Angels of Long Island is opening a food pantry in Mastic on Tuesday.
Founder Debbie Loesch said that food insecurity “is really rising on Long Island” and that kids are going to school hungry. The pantry will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Households are allowed to receive items once every month. The pantry, called “General Store Free Food Pantry,” is located at 14 Herkimer St., at the back of Loesch’s nonprofit thrift store.
Loesch said she’s been seeing a lot of working families who need assistance. Jennifer Owen, a Mastic Beach resident, is a single mother of four. She said the pantry will benefit her family and is grateful she’ll be able to get snacks for her kids to bring to school and diapers for her little one. Owen said “It’s very important because a lot of people in this area really do need the help. A lot of them are very low income that need the help but are afraid to ask for help.”
Loesch said she really needs help from the Long Island community to keep the pantry going. For information on how to donate, visit their website.
She gives out more than just food: The pantry includes some clothing among other items. Loesch says she’s in need of cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, feminine products, paper goods, toilet paper and paper towels.