Many people don’t know when their next meal is coming, but Long Island’s food banks are helping out and leading the charge in delivering thousands of meals to families.
The Island Harvest Food Bank held a fundraiser Friday to mark Long Island’s “Day of Action Against Hunger”.
The volunteers gathered at various locations, including one in Greenlawn, where they worked to sort and distribute food.
Liscea Cashwell, one of many workers made redundant during the pandemic, is using distribution points like the one outside a Northwell facility in Greenlawn, just to make ends meet.
She and so many others had to be creative just to feed their families.
Meanwhile, outside a Stop-N-Shop in Huntington Station, Island Harvest Food Bank worked with PSEG volunteers at a 12-hour collection site.
The goal was to collect 21,000 meals for the month during a year like no other.
And the lines have not shortened as food prices have risen and supply chain problems continue.
During this fiscal year, Island Harvest distributed over 18 million pounds of food to residents of Long Island. Believe it or not, that’s 5 million pounds more than the previous year.
The food bank predicts that there will be an increased need for additional food in Nassau and Suffolk counties for at least the next two years due to the pandemic.
“Food shouldn’t be an impossible choice,” says Randi Shubin Dresner, President and CEO, Island Harvest Food Bank. “For countless food insecure Long Islanders, their next meal is not just what to eat for dinner, but rather a difficult choice between buying food and paying for other expenses. , such as utilities, rent, or health care. “
Dresner added that even as things start to return to “normal”, many residents continue to struggle financially with the ongoing pandemic.
The Hunger Action Day is part of the Hunger Action Month in September. It is a day when the country’s efforts are focused on the issue of hunger in local communities, urging individuals to act.
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