East End Food Institute's mission is to support, promote, and advocate for local food and local producers. They operate a commercial kitchen in Southampton to produce local products for farms, schools, hospitals, food pantries, and other distribution channels that help people access local food.
Most recently and urgently during the COVID-19 crisis, East End Food Institute is expanding its Farm to Community program by partnering up with local food pantries to address the surge in demand for food as community members are in need of additional support.
In partnership with Honest Man Restaurant Group, the program includes distribution of 2,400 ready-to-heat frozen meals weekly to patrons of Heart of the Hamptons food pantry (Southampton) and Springs Food Pantry (East Hampton), plus a distribution of shift meals to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital medical professionals.
At current production, the Farm to Community program costs $10,000 per week.