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Hempstead charity needs infant items, food

The nonprofit Interfaith Nutrition Network in Hempstead Village is in immediate need of infant items and food donations.

The volunteer-based INN provides food, shelter, long-term housing and services at 19 soup kitchens and three homeless shelters. The INN also provides housing to more than 20 homeless families and individuals, as well as helps them to become self-sufficient.

The Mary Brennan INN, at 100 Madison Ave., immediately needs nonperishable food items, said Cynthia Sucich, spokeswoman for INN. The soup kitchen and food pantry is open for donations from 9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

“In the summertime our donations decrease because many people are on vacation and schools are closed,” Sucich said. “A lot of places that will hold food drives are closed and the number of people who we serve increases.”

The INN’s main office, at 211 Fulton Ave., will accept baby formula, diapers, wipes, bottles, baby blankets and baths. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

“We have really seen in our shelter an increase with families with small children,” Sucich said. “When they come into our shelter, they come in with nothing.”

For more information about the INN, call Emily Wilensky at 516-486-8506, ext. 138, or send an email to


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