NOSH, which lost its home due to a fire in August 2021, has finally found a new space at 32 School St. in Glen Cove. A subset of the North Shore Soup Kitchen, NOSH serves the surrounding communities by providing emergency food delivery to individuals and families in need. Its new location was made official with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 31, with much fanfare as residents, elected leaders and NOSH volunteers came to show their support for the organization’s new home.
The new location is a former art studio owned by Peter Holdman, the owner of God Loves You in downtown Glen Cove. After meeting with three commercial businesses that were interested in the space, Holdman said he turned down the prospective renters when he heard that NOSH was interested. Holdman said that the three prospective businesses made good offers for the space but renting to anyone other than NOSH didn’t feel right to him. “We felt immediately this is what God wants,” he said.
NOSH was founded in March of 2020 to meet the increased need for food assistance created by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is staffed by volunteers who each week deliver free emergency NOSH bags, which include groceries to prepare meals for north shore families in need of food assistance. The food NOSH distributes is mainly donated by Long Island businesses, charities and residents.
The fire at Veterans and Foreign Wars Post 347, where NOSH was located, resulted in the total loss of its freezing and refrigeration equipment, as well as its inventory of thousands of pounds of food-enough to feed its client base for three months. The fire destroyed 23 refrigerators and freezers full of meat and produce, in addition to thousands of pounds of dry goods. About 100 firefighters from Glen Cove and six other departments responded to the blaze. The fire left the non-profit organization scrambling to find ways to continue serving the 500 plus families in Bayville, Glen Cove, Locust Valley, Roslyn, and Sea Cliff who rely on weekly grocery deliveries.
Those entering NOSH’s new permanent home will be met with a large logo, painted by volunteers from Island Harvest in 2021. According to NOSH cofounder Courtney Callahan, the large plywood logo is symbolic of the nonprofit’s resilience. It’s the only piece of memorabilia that survived the fire from 2021. The portable logo is now a fixture within the new studio space as part of an art installation commemorating its beginnings and present state. The installation also features a collage of pictures serving as the organization’s historical timeline.