TOWN OF HUNTINGTON, New York, Jan. 22
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
The teams – New England and Seattle – are set, but leading up to the big game, Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills) and people behind Island Harvest have their “super” ambitions focused on a different event: the annual “Super Bowl XLIX” Food Drive.
“We’ve been hosting this specific food drive for five years and we’re very proud of that,” Stern said. “So many people are coming to supermarkets to shop for parties on the biggest eating day of the year, so this is a great time to host a food drive.”
On Jan. 31, the day before the Patriots and Seahawks are set to faceoff, the Super Stop & Shop locations at 3126 Jericho Turnpike in East Northport and 1100 Jericho Turnpike in Dix Hills will be set up to accept any food donations from patrons or passersby. From 12-3 p.m., suggested food items (such as canned soups, meat, vegetables, fruit, tuna, sauces, pasta, peanut butter, jelly, beans and baby food) and other products (like diapers and those pertaining to personal hygiene) will be collected by volunteer workers from local school districts and then distributed by Island Harvest.
“They’re an outstanding organization that’s committed all year round to assisting those in need,” Stern said. “Island Harvest is a tremendous partner each year and will work with our neighbors to make sure those people will get assistance.”
Founded in 1992, Island Harvest is a hunger relief organization based out of Mineola. Volunteers and staff members deliver millions of pounds of surplus food, according to Island Harvest’s website, to a network of 570 Long Island food pantries, soup kitchens and other non-profit organizations.
“Legislator Stern is a very important partner to Island Harvest and our work to end hunger on Long Island,” Randi Dresner, president and CEO of the organization, said. “This food drive is very important to us, not just because of the food, but because of the awareness it raises in the community… He’s supporting us in this important effort.”
The teams of volunteers at the East Northport and Dix Hills store locations will be working to sort the donations in an effort that Stern hopes will be just as successful as those from years past.
“We’ve been fortunate throughout the years to collect a couple thousands of pounds of donations,” Stern said.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015; A16)