In fulfilling a nationwide challenge to help those among us who can’t afford to buy food, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has declared September Hunger Action Month to increase awareness about hunger and food insecurity on Long Island. County Executive Curran also ordered the dome of the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola to be illuminated in orange last Friday, September 17 for Hunger Action Day, and has coordinated the location of non-perishable food collection receptacles throughout County buildings, which will be distributed to Island Harvest.
“While hunger is a year-round concern, Hunger Action Month is a great opportunity encourage residents to help make sure that none of our neighbors go without food. I am pleased to partner with Island Harvest to help motivate food pantry donations to combat food insecurity in Nassau County and across Long Island,” said County Executive Curran.
Members of the public can participate in the drive by dropping off non-perishable, unopened food to the following County locations:
- Theodore Roosevelt County Executive and Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola
- One West Street, Mineola
- 240 Old Country Road, Mineola
- District Attorney’s Office, 262 Old Country Road, Mineola
- Eisenhower Park, Administration Building, East Meadow
- Traffic Parking Violations Agency, 16 Cooper Street, Hempstead
Hunger Action Month is an opportunity to spread the word about the critical and very real issue of hunger on Long Island. The economic devastation from the pandemic hit communities hard and caused record unemployment and SNAP applications. In response to a heartbreaking rise in food insecurity during the pandemic, Nassau stepped up food distribution events, putting food on the table for an estimated 35,000 Nassau families.
“We are grateful for County Executive Curran’s ongoing efforts in addressing the needs of Nassau’s most vulnerable residents faced with food insecurity,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president & CEO, Island Harvest Food Bank. “The partnership we’ve forged with Nassau County has been a lifeline for so many of our neighbors who are in the unenviable position of often choosing between paying essential bills and buying food.”
For more information on Island Harvest and how to donate, visit: https://www.islandharvest.org/