Two local libraries are collecting food Saturday, part of an Island-wide drive to increase the supply for those in need.
Both Half Hollow Hills Community Library and the Huntington Public Library will be collecting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest Food Bank, said the food drive is expected to be the first and most extensive food collection of its kind and will involve uniting Long Island’s elected officials.
Around Long Island, the drive will be running both Friday and Saturday, and again April 30. The schedule is:
On Friday, April 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., collections will take place at:
- Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St., Riverhead, NY 11901
- Holtsville Roe YMCA, 155 Buckley Rd., Holtsville, NY 11742
- Patchogue Family YMCA, 55 W Main St., Patchogue, NY 11772
- Rogers Memorial Library, 91 Coopers Farm Rd., Southampton, NY 11968
On Saturday, April 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., collections will take place in Suffolk County at:
- West Babylon Public Library, 211 Route109, West Babylon, NY 11704
- Sayville Library, 88 Greene Ave., Sayville, NY 11782
- Half Hollow Hills Community Library, 600 S. Service Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746
- Huntington Public Library, 338 Main St., Huntington, NY 11743
On Friday, April 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., collections will take place in Nassau County at:
- Town of North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 W Shore Rd., Port Washington, NY 11050
- Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave., Wantagh, NY 11793
- Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd., Plainview, NY 11803
- Barry & Florence Friedberg JCC, 15 Neil Ct., Oceanside, NY 11572
- The Leon Campo Salisbury Center, 718 The Plain Rd., Westbury, NY 11590
Many food pantries and banks are reporting extra needs as some food programs, such as the annual Stamp Out Hunger, have been canceled and need has increased.
Island Harvest Food Bank has assisted approximately 600,000 families on Long Island adversely impacted by the economic calamity created by the pandemic by providing supplemental food support, benefits assistance, and other help to those affected.
All the food collection events will be contactless and drive-through.