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Hempstead Town and CSEA Local 880 Team with “For the Love of Pete’s Pantry” of Seaford to Host Thanksgiving Food Drive

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on public health and the local economy in communities across America’s largest township. This Thanksgiving will be like no other, and for many families who are struggling financially, it could be difficult to put a traditional meal on the table. Supervisor Don Clavin, members of the Hempstead Town Board and CSEA Local 880 are partnering with “For the Love of Pete’s Pantry” to collect non-perishable food items to help local families in need for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The announcement was made today by Supervisor Clavin, along with Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Bruce Blakeman, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr., Councilman Tom Muscarella, Councilman Chris Carini, Town Clerk Kate Murray and Receiver Jeanine Driscoll, along with CSEA President Theresa Kohutka, Vice President Mike Errico and representatives from For the Love of Pete’s Pantry. From November 16th through November 20th, there will be food collection bins stationed at nine Town of Hempstead facilities.

“With Thanksgiving approaching during a pandemic, more and more families are struggling to make ends meet,” Clavin said. “I’m thankful for the work of the many organizations who are on the front lines to provide neighbors with assistance during this difficult period, and appreciate the partnership with my Town Board colleagues and the CSEA Local 880 who are helping us support this local pantry’s holiday food drive.”

Food collection bins will be stationed at 9 locations across the Town of Hempstead, including six parks that are open to the public. The bins will be stationed from November 16th through November 20th at the following locations, during regular business hours:

Hempstead Town Hall (1 Washington Street, Hempstead)
Hempstead Town Tax Office (200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead)
CSEA Local 880 Union Office (1580 Merrick Road, Merrick)
Baldwin Park (3232 Grand Avenue, Baldwin, NY)
Echo Park (399 Nassau Boulevard, West Hempstead)
Uniondale Park (710 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale, NY)
Oceanside Park (Oceanside Park, 3800 Mahlon Brower Drive, Oceanside)
Seamans Neck Park (2700 S Seamans Neck Road, Seaford)
Veterans Memorial Park (1700 Prospect Avenue, East Meadow)

Examples of Non-Perishable Food Items to be Collected Include:

Boxed Stuffing Mix
Instant Mashed Potatoes
Gravy Jars
Pasta or Macaroni and Cheese
Cranberry Sauce
Canned Vegetables
Canned Yams
Canned Beans
Canned Pumpkin or Pie Filling
Cornbread Mix
Bottled Water

For those who prefer to make a donation online, For the Love of Pete’s Pantry also has an Amazon “Wishlist.” Visit to make a donation.

“Thank you to For the Love of Pete’s Pantry for their support of local families in need and to everyone who is participating in this food collection program,” Clavin said. “I wish all a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving.”

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