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Westbury Community School Students Help Fight Hunger

Eighty students at United Way of Long Island’s Westbury Community School participated in their first community service project by making more than 560 cheese sandwiches for families in need at the Mary Brennan Inn in Hempstead. In only thirty minutes, the students made the sandwiches, bagged them, counted them and packaged them for delivery to the soup kitchen. The students additionally donated either a monetary contribution or a loaf of bread to the project.Sandwich

“If we had known it was going to take such a short time, we would have made 1000 sandwiches,” said Joshua Monteforte, a sixth-grade student at Westbury Middle School.

The Community Schools Project, supported by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, offers unique services designed to improve the educational outcomes of disadvantaged students.  It provides a safe and supervised after-school environment that combines teaching and learning with an array of social, health, child and youth development services, while emphasizing community and parental involvement.  The Community Schools Project currently serves middle school students from the Westbury, Brentwood and Freeport school districts. For more information on Community Schools, contact Sandra Mahoney at  

United Way of Long Island, together with its community partners, advances the common good by investing in and developing programs that address Long Islander's critical needs in education, income/financial stability and health. United Way of Long Island is recognized as one of the region’s most efficient organizations, with a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and 88 cents of every dollar going to support people in need. Visit