Huntington, NY - As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current high rate of unemployment, there is a desperate need for food donations at our local pantries, many of which are serving more than double the amount of their usual clients. In an effort to help support families in our community facing food insecurity, Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer recently launched a “Contact Free” Food Drive to help restock the shelves of: Helping Hand Rescue Mission; Northport’s Ecumenical Lay Council; Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish Outreach; St. Hugh of Lincoln Outreach; Harborfields Alliance for Community Outreach (HACO); Church of St. Patrick Trocaire House; and the Huntington Community Food Council.
In the three weeks that the food drive has been operating, more than $5,000 in donations have been collected and dispersed. “The generosity of our fellow neighbors never ceases to amaze me. Together, we will help each other get through this difficult time,” stated Legislator Spencer. “We’re asking anyone who has the means to consider donating and to share the details of the food drive with their family and friends - every contribution will go a long way in helping to meet the immediate needs of many struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The food drive will continue for as long as it’s necessary. Non-perishable food items, supermarket gift cards, and check donations are being collected. Legislator Spencer’s staff members and trusted volunteers are available to pick up any contribution from your front porch - contact free - and deliver to area pantries for distribution. All they need to know is when and where the donation will be available. Currently, pick-ups are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday each week, but other accommodations can be made if necessary. Anyone wishing to make a donation can call Legislator Spencer’s Office at 631-854-4500 to coordinate.
Pictured above: Legislator Spencer and New York State Senator James Gaughran, joined by volunteers, deliver food and monetary donations collected through the ongoing “Contact Free” Food Drive to the St. Hugh of Lincoln and St. Patrick’s Trocaire pantries. In addition to delivering much-needed food, washable cloth face coverings provided by Suffolk County and hand sanitizer donated by New York State were donated for use by volunteers and clients.