Krista McNallyOct 24, 2017, 1:58 pm

Local food bank touts success of its ‘Summer Food Drive to End Hunger’

Long Island Cares: Food insecurity peaks during the hot months because families lose school programs


HAUPPAGUE — The Long Island Cares Harry Chapin Food Bank announced Tuesday that over 20,000 pounds of food was collected during the "Summer Food Drive to End Hunger."

Thirteen New York state assembly members came together and devised a plan to hold food drives nearly every weekend from June until September.

"These legislators got together, understanding that summer is a difficult time for children who are food insecure and sponsored, you know, these 13 food drives around the community," said Long Island Cares CEO Paule Pachter.

The summer is especially difficult for families in need because they lose programs run through the schools.

"During the summer months, especially children who are food insecure, don't have access to nutritious food every day because their schools are closed," Pachter said.

Residents interested in donating or volunteering here at Long Island Cares can visit their website at

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