Neighbors Being Human


Neighbors Being Human (NBH), a local food and clothing pantry serving the working poor and those living in Suffolk County campgrounds, was honored on October 12th during a “Celebration of Ministry,” hosted annually by Episcopal Ministries of Long Island. 

Neighbors Being Human is a ministry originating from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Yaphank with the goal of "providing support to those facing food insecurity and homelessness and to ultimately help lift people out of poverty” in Suffolk County. Richard Ohlsen, one of the leaders of NBH and a postulant in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, calculates that their pantries is feeding roughly 150 people per week. He predicts this number will increase as the holidays approach.  

The team at NBH is comprised of both parishioners at St. Andrew’s and concerned community members including Richard Ohlsen, Sherrilee Partiss, Leo Serrate, Craig Chin-Suey, Robert Williams, Uwe Ross, Laura Geenen, Kerri Dillon, Shawnna Tereshko, Kristen Iraina, Tony Mannino, and members of the Passport Rotary Club and IGHL Group Home Manorville. The group initially learned that people were living full time in the Suffolk County campgrounds through a community Facebook page. 

Pandemic-driven food insecurity is far from over. With raising inflation and the increased cost of housing in Suffolk County, the working poor and those living on a fixed income must make their budgets stretch even further. 

You can support Neighbors Being Human by making a financial gift or purchasing an item of their Amazon Wishlist. If you’re a resident of Suffolk County and interested in getting involved, please email


Neighbors Being Human volunteers

Neighbors Being Human: A Feeding Ministry Connecting Suffolk County

Volunteers at St. Andrew’s make it a priority to know the families by name and serve without judgement. Regular visitors at the pantry come for social connection as well as food.