The CAST food pantry is a valuable resource that helps struggling families stretch their monthly budget by providing basic food items. Eligible families may visit the food pantry bi-weekly or as an emergency arises.
The food pantry is open:
- Monday: 9:00am-12:00pm
- Tuesday: 3:00pm-5:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am- 12:00pm
Staff and volunteers help keep the CAST food pantry stocked with non-perishable food items to help families with limited financial resources. In addition, during school vacation weeks and summer recess, CAST provides Feed-A-Kid programs to families with school-aged children who receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch at school. Local organizations, faith-based and secular, as well as public donations in local supermarkets add to the stock. Sometimes donations of supermarket gift cards add to what CAST can provide clients. Donations of non-perishable food items are always accepted during CAST business hours.
The CAST office also houses a “SHARING ROOM” to which donors bring in new or gently used clothing, housewares, toys, books, etc… for CAST’s clients. The Sharing Room is open whenever the CAST office is open and will receive donations during regular business hours. CAST also provides backpacks and school supplies at the beginning of the school year to families in need.
ESL (English as a Second Language) classes are held to help adults learn the English language.
Qualified instructors help students learn the letters of the alphabet, words, phrases and finally sentences in the English language.
Call 631-477-1717 and speak to Elizabeth for more information or to sign up!
Through a generous donation, CAST has been able to purchase a 15 student mobile computer lab to conduct Computer Training classes for clients who need computer skills to enter the workforce. Having had several training sessions in Greenport and Mattituck, the lab is currently in Peconic with classes being held on Thursdays.
Call 631-477-1717 to enroll!
CAST helps its clients to secure benefits and entitlements such as Medicaid, HEAP, Project Warmth, Unemployment, Food Stamps and Family Health. CAST advocates for its clients when they need a translator or just a friend to help them through mazes of agencies and paperwork. Frequently, CAST refers clients to other agencies for additional assistance.
CAST offers reading and math tutoring after school and during school vacations for elementary aged students. Educators work with students on a weekly basis, or more frequently if needed.
Summer Story Hours
During the summer CAST holds story hours for preschoolers. This year they were held at the Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport during the month of July. The story hour included music and movement, stories and crafts. Keep watch for next year’s Summer Story Hours.
Family Support and Mentoring
Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP)
The North Fork Parent-Child Home Program, a home-visiting program that helps prepare young children for school success, is now accepting applications for Fall 2017.
To be eligible to participate in this free home visiting program that supports early literacy and provides parent support, participants must:
- Live in Southold Town (Laurel to Orient)
- Have children between the ages 18 months to 4 years
- Families must be eligible for public assistance or free school lunch program.
The North Fork Parent-Child Home Program was developed in 2013 to serve the families with young children living in poverty in Southold Town. The Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP), a research-proven home-visiting model, prepares young children for school success by increasing language and literacy skills, enhancing social-emotional development and strengthening the parent-child relationship which helps to get their children prepared to enter kindergarten. The program promotes safe and healthy development for children, which ensures school success by stimulating reading, conversation and play between parents and their children. The program helps parents create a language-rich home environment and prepares them to actively participate in their children’s development. For more information go to www.parent-child.org
Contact CAST to learn more about these services and to find out more information about eligibility requirements.