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United Way And Long Island Cares Work To Engage Students In The Fight Against Hunger

Last year, United Way of Long Island and Long Island Cares came together to create Students United Against Hunger, a project aimed to engage students in a volunteer effort to provide food to the more than 320,000 Long Islanders impacted by hunger.

Students United Against Hunger participants volunteer at The Harry Chapin Food Bank in Hauppauge to assist in sorting food, personal care items, household supplies, pet food, and school supplies, which are delivered to Long Island Cares’ network of 560 community-based member agencies that provide food assistance to more than 118,500 children on Long Island. To date, 150 students have volunteered.Boy Scouts

“Many young people on Long Island are not exposed to the needs that are so pervasive and often impact children,” said Theresa Regnante, President & CEO, United Way of Long Island. “The fact that 100,000 kids each day use the food pantry system as the primary source of nutrition is unimaginable. Several (United Way) board members and volunteers have encouraged the development of this program as a way to sensitize our young people to the growing needs across Long Island and to be active by volunteering.”

“We're very excited to be partnering with United Way of Long Island, introducing young people to Long Island Cares and the ways in which we help feed and support our neighbors in need,” said Jessica Rosati, Director of Program and Community Services, Long Island Cares. “It is critical that we enlist young people to help us in the fight against hunger.”

For more information, please contact Kathleen Hocker, United Way of Long Island at 631.940.3727 or   

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