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Interfaith Nutrition Network




100 Madison Ave.

Hempstead, NY 11550


For this site please contact the site supervisor listed below to schedule your service. Be sure to register your hours in GivePulse once complete.


Volunteer Contact

Jason Tessler (contact first)

(516) 486-6243 ext. 206


Agency Contact

Cynthia Sucich

(516) 486-6243 ext. 115


Nature and Purpose of Agency

To assist hungry and homeless Long Islanders in need of basic human services, food, clothing and emergency housing in a dignified manner.


Tasks Available for Students

Soup Kitchen:

Assist in preparing, serving and clean-up of meal;

Shifts vary in different soup kitchens.

Stock and inventory pantry.

Sort clothing and help distribute during meal time.

Bag groceries or personal care items for distribution to guests.

Office Support

General office work; e.g. answering phones, typing, stuffing envelopes, assist in organizing volunteers for group events.

Holiday time — volunteers may be needed for different projects.


Time Requirements

Monday through Friday: 8:30 to 2:00 PM: Serving food in the soup kitchen

Monday through Friday: 2:00 to 5:00 PM: Sorting food and other donated items


Agency Directions

Driving Directions

Direction to the Mary Brennan INN - Southern State Pkwy:  Take Southern State to exit 19 north, (this will place you on Peninsula Blvd.) Go 3 lights down Peninsula Blvd. (stay to the left). On the 3rd light, make a left on President street. Go down President Street for 2 lights. On the 2nd light, (Madison Ave) make a right. Go down Madison Ave. 2 blocks. On your right you will see the Mary Brennan INN.


Take Hempstead Tpke. North (Hempstead Tpke turns into Fulton Ave). Go to Franklin Ave. and Make a left at the light. Take Franklin Ave. to Peninsula Blvd. (Stay to your right). There will be a Hess Gas station on your right. Take Peninsula Blvd 2 blocks. Make a right on Madison Ave. We are the 3rd building for the corner on your left hand side.




While our motives and goals are the same, the most important fact is that we (staff and volunteers) understand and agree with the philosophy of The INN; and in this understanding and agreement we know (1) we treat our guests with dignity and respect; (2) we have a no questions asked policy; and (3) we have a non-judgmental attitude about how much any one guest is permitted to take. 


The reason for this non-judgmental attitude is because (1)  we know that no one wants to have to come to a soup kitchen but guests come because they have a need and hope they can get that need met at Mary Brennan INN;  (2)  we never know the exact situation(s) of most of our guests; (3) there is a possibility that the guest is getting clothes and/or other items for a neighbor who is not ready to come inside the soup kitchen yet, may be sick, or just unable to get there at all.


We hope you can understand, but most of all, respect our philosophy.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (516) 486-8506 ext. 107 or ext. 115. 


Volunteer shift is from 8:30-2:00

(No partial shifts permitted)



Mary Brennan INN

100 Madison Avenue

Hempstead, NY 11550

(516) 486-6243 


  1. Please check in with the Volunteer Coordination upon arrival and sign in and out so we have a record of your work. Please enter the building through the side door located in the parking lot.
  2. RECOMMENDED DRESS CODE:  Casual shirt, long pants, comfortable tennis shoes, and baseball cap.
  3. Due to health department regulations and The INN’s dress code, we ask that you REFRAIN from wearing the following:  tank-tops, see-thru or mid-riff shirts of any kind, shirts or hats advertising alcohol, tobacco, bars, etc., open-toed shoes (flip-flops or sandals); shorts or torn pants.
  4. Use or possession of drugs alcohol, weapons or pornographic material is not allowed.  Profanity, horseplay, immoral attitudes or practices are also unacceptable.
  5. Use of tobacco is not allowed anywhere on or in The INN’s properties.
  6. If you are unable to serve on your scheduled day, please contact the INN’s Volunteer Coordinator at (516) 486-6243 ext. 206.
  7. Towards the Guests:
    1. All guests are to be treated with courtesy and respect.
    2. Volunteers are to respond to all Guests with care and dignity and treat all information that may be shared as private and confidential.
    3. Our mission is to feed those who are hungry in a Safe, Clean, Caring Environment with NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
    4. We believe anyone who uses our services is our Guest.
       8. Towards all Staff, Volunteers and Guests:
    1. It is the policy of The INN to provide an environment that is free from harassment and from offensive and degrading remarks and conduct for all individuals.

                         i. Offensive behavior, including harassment, at our facility or at any related functions will not be tolerated.

                         ii.Violation of this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action which may include dismissal/termination of your volunteer services.

Definitions and Examples:  A volunteer conduct that is inappropriate and offensive has the potential of being perceived as harassment.  Supervisors are responsible for acting promptly and dealing seriously with situations in which they observe or are advised of inappropriate and offensive behavior.

One offensive behavior is Harassment.  Harassment may include verbal or physical conduct that shows hostility or dislike towards an individual because of the individual’s race, creed, religion, age, gender, national origin sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance.  Harassment may include but is not limited to:  Slurs, negative stereotyping threats intimidation, hostile acts, condescending or hostile written or graphic material posted or circulated at The Mary Brennan INN.

  1. All volunteers are asked to respect the privacy of our guests.  There are absolutely NO photos allowed to be taken of anyone eating in our Soup Kitchen. Photos of your group may be taken in the lounge area, kitchen area, or pantry area.  Thank you for respecting our guests and our policy.
  2. ALL volunteers MUST be 16 years of age (there are no exceptions).  No one under the age of 16 is permitted to be in the facility during the time our guests are there (8:30-2:00).  Students under 16 (ages 10-15) may come in during the hours of 2:30-5:00 (scheduling is required).

SB 2/5/19
8 People | 6 Impacts | 35 Hours

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