02/06/14 6:00am
02/06/2014 6:00 AM

Carrie Miller photo | Local farmers will continue to benefit from an updated farm bill.

North Fork farmers who have waited nearly two years for the passage of an updated farm bill say that if the president signs the measure passed this week by Congress, they stand to benefit from many of the same subsidy programs they have in the past — as well as new initiatives aimed at expanding crop insurance and farm-to-consumer marketing. (more…)

02/06/14 6:00am

Barbaraellen Koch file photo | Long Island Council of Churches office manager Carolyn Gumbs and volunteer MIchael Lacy of Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton preparing side dishes for the annual Migrants Dinner in November.

Area food pantries and soup kitchens are preparing for an uptick in demand as some eastern Suffolk County households that currently receive assistance from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, prepare to see those benefits reduced — again. (more…)

01/22/14 2:00pm
01/22/2014 2:00 PM
COURTESY PHOTO | Olga Torres, food pantry manager at the Long Island Council of Churches.

COURTESY PHOTO | Olga Torres, food pantry manager at the Long Island Council of Churches.

Facing more people than ever in need of emergency food, the Long Island Council of Churches announced recently that it was granted $12,500 to help feed the extra mouths. (more…)