Seventh Senate District Food Drive Underway Until August 21

 

    Senator Martins and Villages Partner to Collect Food in Tribute to Harry Chapin


    Senator Jack M. Martins is partnering with the villages in the Seventh Senate District to collect food through August 21 to benefit Long Island Cares, the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Senator Martins is sponsoring the food drive as a tribute to the late singer/song writer Harry Chapin, who passed away 30 years ago this year in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway.


    The food drive comes in response to the hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders are in need of food. According to a report, entitled “Hunger in America 2010,” presented last year, one out of 10 Long Islanders seeks relief from hunger each year at food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.


    “Everything from rent, to utilities, to taxes costs more, and for the working poor and those on fixed incomes, it means a precarious day-to-day existence. Add to that a recession that left thousands of hard-working people struggling and it’s clear we need to work together to make sure the food pantries are stocked and able to provide help,” said Senator Martins about the drive.


    Senator Martins, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, reached out to the villages in the Seventh Senate District. Virtually all have agreed to place a food collection receptacle in their village hall.


    Items needed include any canned food, peanut butter and jelly, nuts, granola bars, cookies and crackers as well as dried good such as pasta, macaroni and cheese, rice, and hot and cold cereals. Almost any other packaged items can be donated as well.


    Founded in 1980 by singer and activist Harry Chapin of Huntington, it provides food and support services to a network of more than 540 community-based agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, child-care programs, disability organizations and veteran services.


    The following villages will be participating by having a drop-off box at their village halls:


    Baxter Estates - Mayor Fred Nicholson - 2 Harbor Road, Port Washington


    East Hills - Mayor Michael Koblenz - 209 Harbor Road, East Hills


    East Williston - Mayor David Tanner - 2 Prospect Street, East Williston


    Floral Park - Mayor Tom Tweedy - 1 Floral Boulevard, Floral Park


    Flower Hill - Mayor Charles Weiss - 1 Bonnie Heights Road, Manhasset


    Great Neck - Mayor Ralph Kreitzman - 61 Baker Hill Road, Great Neck


    Great Neck Estates - Mayor David Fox - 4 Atwater Plaza, Great Neck


    Great Neck Plaza - Mayor Jean Celender - 2 Gussack Plaza, Great Neck


    Kensington - Mayor Susan Lopatkin - 2 Nassau Drive, Great Neck


    Lake Success - Mayor Ron Cooper - 318 Lakeville Road, Lake Success


    Manorhaven - Mayor Michael Meehan - 33 Manorhaven Boulevard, Port Washington


    Mineola - Mayor Scott Strauss - 155 Washington Avenue, Mineola


    Munsey Park - Mayor Harry Mayor Nicolaides - 1777 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset


    New Hyde Park - Mayor Daniel Petruccio - 1420 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park


    North Hills - Mayor Marvin Natiss - 1 Shelter Roack Road, Roslyn


    Old Westbury - Mayor Fred Carillo - 1 Store Hill Road, Old Westbury


    Plandome Heights - Mayor Diana Merenda - 37 Orchard Street, Manhasset


    Plandome Manor - Mayor Barbara Donno - 53 Manhasset Avenue, Manhasset


    Port Washington North - Mayor Robert Weitzner - 71 Old Shore Road, Port Washington


    Roslyn - Mayor John Durkin - 1200 Nothern Boulevard, Roslyn


    Roslyn Harbor - Mayor Yvette Edidin - 500 Motts Cove Road South, Roslyn Harbor


    Roslyn Estates - Mayor Jeffrey Schwartzberg - 25 The Tulips, Roslyn


    Russell Gardens - Mayor Matthew Bloomfield - 6 Train Drive, Great Neck


    Saddle Rock - 18 Masefield Way, Great Neck


    Sands Point - Mayor Edward Adler - 26 Tibbits Lane, Sands Point


    Thomaston - Mayor Robert Stern - 100 East Shore Road, Great Neck


    Westbury - Mayor Peter Cavallaro - 235 Lincoln Place, Westbury


    Williston Park - Mayor Paul Ehrbar - 494 Willis Avenue, Williston Park


    East Williston - Mayor David Tanner - 2 Prospect Street, East Williston


     In addition, there will be drop off receptacles at the: 


    Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont


    The Elmont Farmer's Market (on Thursdays just west of Elmont Library)


    Port Washington Library, 1 Library Drive, Port Washington


    Dolphin Book Shop, 299 Main Street, Port Washington