Don't let that Halloween candy go to waste. There are a number of donation sites on LI. Photo by the author
Don't let that Halloween candy go to waste. There are a number of donation sites on LI. Photo by the author

Where to Donate Leftover Halloween Candy on Long Island

Teeny toddlers, precocious preschoolers, and sassy schoolkids all know that when the leaves start turning to vibrant colors, it's time to dream of Halloween. Nothing is more indulgent than dressing up like your favorite hero, knocking on neighborhood doors, and asking for free sugary treats.

When the hoopla has settled down, many parents are frustrated by the amount of confections overflowing in their pantries, some of which will be thrown out before the winter holidays. Here are some fabulous spots on Long Island to donate leftover Halloween candy. And for more great ways to help the less fortunate, check out our list of places to donate gently used toys and baby gear.

Halloween Candy Buyback 

Chris Kammer, a dentist from Wisconsin, came up with an ingenious idea for keeping kids from gorging on candy until springtime. He offered by buy back his mini-patients' leftover sweets for $1 a pound with proceeds going to charity. It quickly became a national sensation, with more than 2,000 dentists participating in every state. In 2017, 122,000 pounds of candy were sold to dentists by tiny treaters. Most of the loot was sent to troops overseas, who gave it to local children to help build relationships.

Participating dentists in Nassau neighborhoods include Drs. ...

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Operation Gratitude

You can send candy directly to deployed troops, first-responders, and veterans by securing it in zip-closed bags or boxes lined in plastic and dropping it off at one of several locations, including East Northport Middle School and Dr. Glen's Happy Teeth in Long Beach.. Remember not to send powdery sweets such as pixi-sticks, and to separate candy from other donations. You can also ship it directly to Operation Gratitude, Attn Halloween Candy Program, 21100 Lassen St., Chatsworth, California, 91311-4278.

Operation Shoebox

Operation Shoebox donates packages to troops overseas who are celebrating holidays away from home. Collect bags of wrapped, heat-resistant candy and ship them to Operation Shoebox, 8360 East Highway 25, Belleview, Florida, 34420.

Houses of Worship

Some local houses of worship, including Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Mineola and St. Aidan's food pantry, part of the the Catholic parish in Williston Park, will collect your unwrapped candy and donate it to the less fortunate. Call before visiting.

Manhasset Dental
2110 Northern Blvd
Manhasset, NY 11030

Dr. Steven Boral
380 Dogwood Ave
Franklin Square, NY 11010

Dr. Todd Kshonz
142 Union Ave
Lynbrook, NY 11563

Straight Set Orthodontics
601 Franklin Ave
Garden City, NY 11530

Newman Orthodontics
14 Glen Cove Rd
Roslyn Heights, NY 11577

Sonkin Dental
1 Westgate
Elmont, NY 11003

Bitton Orthodontics
24 Maple Ave
Rockville Center, NY 11570

Kleinrock Orthodontics
1705 Broadway
Hewlett, NY 11557

Doctors Perrato and Chimenti
285 Middle Country Road
Smithtown, NY 11787

Prime Visibility
1305 Walt Whitman Rd
Melville, NY 11747

Farrah Isaacson, DDS
1150 Portion Road, Suite 15
Holtsville, NY 11742

Babylon Smiles
400 West Main Street Suite 230
Babylon, NY 11702

Dr. Glen's Happy Teeth
120 W Park Ave #301
Long Beach, NY 11561

Easts Northport Middle School
1075 5th Ave
East Northport, NY 11731

Corpus Christi
155 Garfield Avenue
Mineola, NY 11501

St. Aiden's Church
505 Willis Ave
Williston Park, NY 11596
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