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Long Island Cares seeks volunteers to help out for upcoming holiday season

CEO Paul Pachter emphasizes that donating time and meals to needy is a year-round effort

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Long Island Cares is a regional food bank that distributes about seven million pounds of food a year to those on Long Island that are suffering from food insecurity. CEO Paul Pachter says food insecurity impacts more people than we think.

“What it means is that a family or individual doesn't have the resources to put three healthy meals on their plate every single day and food insecurity on Long Island is affecting approximately 300,000 people,” he says.

Long Island Cares has a network of more than 500 organizations that include food pantries and soup kitchens to help feed those who are hungry on Long Island. The holiday season, which is less than two months away, is one of their busiest times of year.

“For some reason, people think of hunger during the holidays as if it doesn't exist, you know, the other eleven months out of the year. But we’re right now in the process of taking in an increase in food donations and also personal care products, and household supplies and pet food,” Pachter says.

So how can the community get involved? Long Island Cares says while they are always looking for donations, they really need volunteers.

“They can volunteer here at the warehouse, they can volunteer on our mobile outreach units or satellite programs. So number one for us is that people get involved by volunteering,” Pachter says.

Long Island Care says it will have volunteer opportunities for all ages to ensure everyone can get involved.

To sign up, visit their website at licares.org.

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