Ever since it was founded in 1980 as the first food bank on Long Island by the late Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and social activist Harry Chapin and his wife, Sandy Chapin, Long Island Cares has been helping feed the hungry.

Paule Pachter, who has served as its CEO since 2008, recently spoke with us about the organization’s mission, what makes it unique, how it uses technology, the challenges it’s facing, and more.