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About Us

The mission of Heart of the Hamptons is to help people in our local community who are in need, without discrimination, in a dignified manner.

Our Story

More than 40 years ago, members of the Southampton, NY community came together and founded an organization to help those in need. A small Food Pantry and an emergency assistance outreach were launched. The organization continued to grow, and in 2003, Heart of the Hamptons officially became a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Over the years, HOH has developed a network of programs and established community partnerships to strengthen outreach and effectiveness. The headquarters at 168 Hill Street in Southampton Village is generously provided by the Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Today, Heart of the Hamptons offers a Food Pantry and Assistance Program to more than 1,100 households each year with the help of more than 100 dedicated volunteers, and an active Board of Directors. The Assistance Program services include a multi-faceted approach to crisis intervention, medical assistance funding, aid for seniors, school supplies and summer lunches for school children. Heart of the Hamptons also connects people in need with other resources available in our local community.

All our services are offered with respect for clients’ privacy and dignity. Heart of the Hamptons works hand-in-hand with the local schools, government and civic organizations, churches, and other food pantries to make sure the need is addressed wherever it arises.

Our main annual fundraiser, the Polar Bear Plunge, held every second Saturday in December at Cooper’s Beach in Southampton Village, is a much-anticipated event that attracts hundreds of people who raise funds to support their community. We welcome all volunteers and donations.

The Team

Molly Bishop

Executive Director

Maribel Ramos

Food Pantry Manager

Maripaz Ramos

Food Pantry Assistant

Delaney Jones

Program Coordinator

Francisco Zhiminaicela

Food Pantry Worker

Board of Directors

 Nick Epley – Chair

 Sean Hattrick – Vice Chair

 Robert Griffing – Treasurer 

 Donna Andreassi

Gloria Dios

 Fr. Patrick Edwards

Eric Scannelli

 Michael Sendlenski

Bill Sickles