The River Fund's mission "to feed and empower those we serve to move beyond the lines of poverty" encompasses food and non-food needs of people living under constant 'pressure of relentless material hardships'-which is now recognized as a better way to understand what "poverty" means in our society. People need the basic necessities of food, shelter and a sense of self-dignity. The circumstances that create persistent shortages of critical resources in people's lives and cause them to face episodes of acute deprivation vary dramatically-ranging from the obvious, such as lack of sufficient income, to the overwhelming, like poor health or severe work-limiting health conditions.
The Mets are proud to support the following grassroots community-based organizations as official Mets Community Partners. Each group receives support from the Mets for their philanthropic endeavors through a variety of ways.
CAPS is Long Island's leading non-profit dedicated to the prevention of bullying, child abuse, and neglect, and the only volunteer organization that works directly with children and youth in New York's Nassau and Suffolk elementary, middle, and high schools.
New York Common Pantry works toward the reduction of hunger and food insecurity through an array of programs that function to establish long-term independence for those we serve. Our whole-person approach starts with food provision through the distribution of nutritious, fresh food pantry packages in Choice Pantry and hearty balanced breakfast and dinner in the Hot Meals program. We then go further to address the reasons for food insecurity with case management services through the help of Help 365, which assists Pantry visitors in gaining access to resources, and Project Dignity, which connects homeless visitors to resources. The third vital element in our whole-person approach is education offered through our Live Healthy! program. Live Healthy! teaches children and adults about the importance of a nutritionally sound diet and active living, as well as provides them with the skills necessary to make healthier choices for their families.
The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters is a network of food and service programs for the poor that provide a wide range of services to feed, clothe, counsel, and alleviate physical and emotional hunger in a dignified and supportive manner. The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters takes a comprehensive approach in providing and supporting services that eradicate not only hunger, but the structural causes of hunger. The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters supports a network of charitable programs that provide a broad range of services for those in need, including the provision of food, clothing, shelter, and related social services for the poor. There are more than 40 non-profit Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Safe Havens, Drop In Centers and Shelters supported by St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey. The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters serve over 1.2 million meals each year.
Our mission is to strengthen children and families with skills, opportunities, and emotional support to build healthy, successful lives. We take a holistic approach, realizing that children don't grow in isolation, but rather as a part of families and communities, and we offer services that support each child's whole cognitive, social-emotional, and physical well-being as the building blocks for a healthier society. We also offer programs that serve parents and other caregivers so that they become able to handle challenges on their own.
The INN addresses the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island by providing food, shelter, long-term housing, and supportive services in a dignified and respectful manner for those who seek our help. We are a non-for-profit, volunteer-based organization with a dedicated staff, a broad base of community support and a commitment to educate the public about those in need in our community.
Pajama Program understands deeply how many children in this country don't have a stable home life, or a home at all. To these children - often abandoned, neglected, living in shelters or temporary housing - we pledge our unwavering commitment to the inherent right of every one of them to have a loving bedtime and restful good night as the start of a positive, empowering good day by providing each child with a book and a pair of pajamas of their own.
Cayuga Centers is a network of services geared to supporting youth, families and individuals who need help meeting the challenges of life. Our programs evolve with cultural and societal changes. We provide residential placement and treatment foster care and in-home family therapy support and mental health intervention. Our mission is to help children, families and individuals to grow as independent, healthy productive citizens through quality counseling, residential and support services. We do this in partnership with those we serve as well as government agencies and other service providers.