Harmony Café History
2016-2020, Harmony Cafe has hosted meal events, primarily at the VFW hall on Edwards Street in Patchogue, NY. We use a Pay-What-You-Can pricing donation model, which can be exchanged for volunteer hours. This encourages more community involvement and allows us to encourage people to join us from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Our meal events are two and a half hours long with excellent live music.
Our meal services are socially engaging events meant to bring the community together, regardless of social status. We believe all people deserve access to healthy whole foods in an environment free of judgment and stigma.
2018, Toast-giving-Our annual free thanksgiving dinner at the Toast Coffeehouse in Patchogue -5 years now (2023)
2021-2023, Feast Program -12-week wellness program
2021-Present- Patchogue Community Garden -Plots at the garden that we maintain to grow produce for those in need
2023-Collabration with Bayard Cutting Arboretum Farm, Harmony Cafe's volunteers "Gleaned" 801 pounds of produce to be given to those in need. The produce was given to 4 nonprofit organization on Long Island. -We are looking forward to 2024 collaboration.
2023-Holiday meals pickup and delivery for those that were homebound, using The United Methodist Church in Patchogue.
2024- New Wellness Program and Meal Events coming in April
Managing the Covid Crisis
When the global pandemic started affecting our community, we redirected our mission to assist those in need. This included hosting food drives, grab-n-go sites, and free food delivery services. Partnerships with Patchogue-Youth-Center and Patchogue Medford Library-Patchogue Chamber of Commerce-The Community Organization Active in Disaster-(COAD)-Angela's House in Medford. Long Island Cares-VFW Post 2913- St. Francis Church Outreach and area soup kitchens.
We collaborated with other agencies, such as The NY State contact tracing program, and provided food to their clients already afflicted with Covid-19. Thanks to the heartfelt help of our community and other nonprofit organizations.
BOGO soup program that started in November 2020 and ended in March 2021. Soup was given to those in need.
This experience taught us that our mission was valid, and the possibility of change is more than achievable when we come together united around a single effort.