Pictured Above: RISE Life Services food pantry volunteers.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, RISE Life Services is opening a second food pantry Nov. 19 at 185 Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays.

This community on the South Fork was in great need of a source of food donations for its food insecure neighbors. The additional pantry has been in the works since before the Covid-19 pandemic hit and given the generosity of grant funds, RISE was able to secure the equipment and needs to finally open in Hampton Bays.

“We are thrilled to be opening this second location,” said JoAnn Vitale, who coordinates the food pantry program, “We are now able to serve more people in need in an area that called for it. It’s a wonderful feeling to finally see this open! Thank you to those who made this possible.”

The grand opening will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19 and the pantry will be open every Thursday from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. weekly (except for holidays).

It is the right time to be able to provide much needed items for East End families at Thanksgiving.

This new location will also provide additional work for the individuals within the RISE program, who have been waiting for work and thrive in this type of program. They are a part of the RISE staff. This initiative helps them to achieve their goals within the community, while helping others in need.

This pantry complements the RISE Main Street Food Pantry in Riverhead, and is open every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is located at 901 East Main Street, Suite 500, Riverhead

To learn more about RISE Life Services, its food pantry, residential housing, job opportunities and programs, please visit riselifeservices.org, or call 631.727.6220.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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