The Mary Brennan INN (MBI) is the largest soup kitchen on Long Island, serving a hot and cold nutritious sit-down meals and to-go meals. In 2022, we served 211,633 meals to to 4,486 Long Islanders in need. After an extensive renovation project in 2022, the dining room of the soup kitchen reopened for guests to enter the building again after serving guests outside for nearly three years during the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to food, the Mary Brennan INN provided other essential services to guests, including distribution of pantry bags, clothing, toiletries, baby items, and more.
Volunteers of all ages, creeds and backgrounds in addition to a team of trained staff members continue to operate the soup kitchen each weekday. There are no questions asked of anyone in need, and everyone is referred to as a guest and treated with dignity and respect. The Mary Brennan INN continues to be a safe space environment, free of judgement, where all requests for help are addressed in a dignified and swift manner.
In addition to the Mary Brennan INN, for more than 30 years The INN has also provided support and assistance to over 25 individual community soup kitchen efforts who have provided over 300,000 meals annually across Long Island. Utilizing The INN’s guidance and support, these individual community soup kitchens have now decided to operate independently of The INN, and some have become their own not-for-profit organizations, thanks to the years of support from their local communities and The INN.