What is an Outreach?
Our Food Outreaches take place outdoors (rain or shine, all year) for one hour on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
Lighthouse Mission box trucks go out stocked with emergency food, clothes & other necessities. At each outdoor location, staff and volunteers unload and set up the boxes / bags of food / clothes / etc., have a brief volunteer orientation meeting, & open in prayer. Then a Gospel message of love, grace, and hope is spoken to encourage attendees at our outreaches. Those who gather are invited (but never required) to listen.
Outreach staff pray with and counsel those who ask for help. Attendees are then invited to receive food. As they pass through the line, we speak to the people in need, offering encouragement. At the end of the hour, the staff and volunteers pack up any leftovers in the truck, clean up our outdoor site, close in prayer, and return to the Lighthouse Mission headquarters.
Because many local children rely on free school lunches during the school year, Lighthouse Mission offers nutritious meals for children who attend our Outreaches with their parents when school is closed for the Summer months.
**Please Note: Lighthouse Mission is NOT a Soup Kitchen. We DO NOT serve cooked meals.
Food Outreach Locations
Anyone can attend Lighthouse Mission's daily Food Outreaches. You do not need paperwork or to sign up in advance to receive food. Our Outreaches are held outdoors ALL YEAR LONG, rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather. All addresses below are approximate, because our programs occur in public parking lots. Look for our Truck when you arrive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Lighthouse Mission a Soup Kitchen?
No. We CANNOT serve cooked meals at Lighthouse Mission. We are a Mobile Food Pantry with outdoor outreach locations across Long Island. At each outreach we give out canned goods, bread, produce, and more.
Who Qualifies for Help from Lighthouse Mission?
We help anyone who is in need regardless of where you live, your income level, race, age, religion, or sexual orientation.
Will I Need to Bring ID to Receive Food?
No. All people who attend our outreaches are welcome to receive food free of charge, and are not required to bring forms verifying that they are in need. We simply ask that you sign our "attendance book" for the day to help us know how many people we were able to feed.
How Should I Dress when Attending an Outreach?
Please dress prepared for the outdoor weather - hot or cold - for one hour. You will be outside for the duration of the outreach. Ladies, please dress modestly. Please do not wear anything revealing or costly jewelry. Men, please do not wear anything with offensive images or words. Please wear solid and comfortable footwear, as you will be outdoors.
What if the Weather is Really Bad? Will Lighthouse Mission Cancel an Outreach?
Lighthouse Missionaries serve in ALL sorts of weather - rain, snow, heat, or cold, we go out to share the Gospel of Jesus & feed the poor. In the event of snow storms, hurricanes, or other severe weather, Lighthouse Mission may be forced to cancel an outreach. Please check Lighthouse Mission's website or Facebook Page for weather alerts.
What Type of Food Donations Do You Accept?
We accept non-perishable food items (canned goods, pastas, cereal, bottled water, etc.), meats (hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, turkeys, etc.), dairy products, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Please DO NOT bring any cooked food or leftovers, as we are not a soup kitchen.
Do You Accept Clothing?
Yes! We accept new and gently used clothes of any sort, size, and season. Please bring all clothing donations to our building. We are open weekdays 9:00am-4:00pm. we also have a donation box for after-hours donations located outside of our building.
Do You Accept Furniture or Used Toys?
No. Unfortunately, our warehouse is not big enough to accommodate any donations other than food and new or gently used clothing.
Can You Pick Up a Donation at My House?
No. We do not have staff to pick up donations from your home. Please bring all donations to Lighthouse Mission's building in North Bellport.
How can I Volunteer at an Outreach?
Individuals can help out at any of our outreach locations. Please check out our locations in the list above, or call us at (631) 758-7584 for more details.
You might also want to consider collecting food, gently used clothes, or funds from your home, church, business, or school. Such donations help us out a lot along the way.
Do You Accept Groups of Volunteers?
Groups are also welcome to volunteer. However, you must register your group in advance so that we can make sure to accommodate you.
Is it Safe to Volunteer at an Outreach?
Yes. Our outreaches are run in an orderly fashion. In some cases, police park their cars at our outreach locations to help ensure the safety of all involved. Our outreaches can sometimes be unpredictable. Please be alert at all times, and leave any valuable items either at home or locked in your car.
Can I Give Money to Homeless People During an Outreach?
No. The purpose of our outreaches is to provide free food and share the Gospel of Jesus. We cannot meet all of the needs that people have. Giving out money to some people in need can also create issues with other people waiting on the line for food.
Can I or My Group Hand Out Religious Literature at an Outreach?
No. Bible tracts, bibles, and any other religious or non-religious literature can NOT be given out at any outreaches without prior approval from the Lighthouse Mission pastoral team. Please contact our Outreach Director at email@example.com for more details on how to submit your literature for approval.
Lighthouse Mission has approved bibles, bible tracts, books, and other materials that are kept on our outreach trucks and are available to distribute to those in attendance.
Can I or My Group/Business Offer Services or Products to People at an Outreach?
No. We do not allow the solicitation of private, government, or non-profit services, goods (free or paid), etc. of any sort at our outreaches, unless the group has been pre-registered with our outreach staff. Please contact our Outreach Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
I or My Child Need to Complete Community Service Hours. Can I Do These at Lighthouse Mission?
Yes. Please be prepared to complete your hours within our normal business hours (9:00am-4:00pm weekdays). We cannot accommodate volunteers looking to serve after these hours, or who need to complete more than 35 hours per week.
Children under 18 years of age who need to complete community service hours for school must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
CLICK HERE to learn about community service activities.
Please call our office at 631-758-7584 in advance of when you want to complete your hours, as you need to be registered with our office.
We CANNOT approve community service hours that were completed prior to registering with our office.