Kevin VeseyNov 11, 2016, 7:52 pm

Island Harvest ensures war heroes don’t go hungry on this Thanksgiving

Long Island food bank collected turkeys, canned goods on Veterans Day

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The food bank Island Harvest spent Friday in Farmingdale collecting turkeys and other trimmings, food that will go a long way on veterans' Thanksgiving tables.

Robert Van Doran is a proud U.S. Navy veteran who served during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.The Hicksville resident always had a solid career until he was laid off a few years ago and suddenly had trouble making ends meet.

Thankfully, Van Doran was helped out by “Operation Hope,” a program launched by Hauppauge-based food bank Island Harvest.The goal is to help veterans in need get back on their feet by providing them with healthy, nutritious food for their families.

And the support meant so much to Robert that he now works for Island Harvest devoting his life to helping others who were once in his position

On this Veterans Day, Robert and dozens of volunteers were here at the New York Community Bank in Farmingdale where they collected food donations for the Island's veterans.

All the trimmings for a Thanksgiving dinner as well as boxes filled with everyday food were collected.

Even FiOS1 News anchor Jackie Zabelski rolled up her sleeves and pitched in

And the highlight of this event, more than 150 turkeys will be donated to veterans.

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