RAIA ANNOUNCES FOOD DRIVE’S RESOUNDING SUCCESS
On Saturday, July 29, 2017 Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,C,I,Ref-East Northport) hosted his Summer Food Drive to End Hunger. This food drive is one of a series that Raia and community leaders will be holding throughout the summer. The food drive hosted by Raia was a resounding success and resulted in an unprecedented 1,010 pounds of food for the needy.
“During a time when food drive donations are historically low, the Summer Food Drive to End Hunger serves as a significant tool in meeting our vision of a hunger-free Long Island,” said Raia. “No individual should have to go to bed with an empty stomach, and it is our duty to take care of our neighbors and those less fortunate.”
According to Long Island Cares, a food bank agency and emergency food provider in Suffolk and Nassau counties, 65,000 Long Islanders receive emergency food each week. Food banks continue to be the most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 69 percent of the food distributed by pantries, 39 percent of the food distributed by kitchens and 45 percent of the food distributed by shelters.
“We are very grateful to Assemblyman Raia for his participation and recognizing the truth of hunger on Long Island, and for his decision to stand and act on behalf of those in need,” said William Gonyou, Community Events and Food Drive Manager of Long Island Cares.