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$25G Walmart grant for Long Island food charity

A $25,000 grant from The Walmart Foundation will

A $25,000 grant from The Walmart Foundation will enable the Long Island Council of Churches “to feed everyone who comes to us for emergency food assistance” for the rest of the year, officials said in a statement Thursday, June 14, 2012. (Credit: AP)

A $25,000 grant from The Walmart Foundation will enable the Long Island Council of Churches “to feed everyone who comes to us for emergency food assistance” for the rest of the year, officials said in a statement Thursday.

“We deeply appreciate this grant because it is so difficult to keep up with demand,” said the Rev. Tom Goodhue, the council’s executive director.

Wally Merna, the council’s Freeport Emergency Food Center manager, said the grant will enable the council to buy special nutritional items needed by seniors, as well as baby food and milk, the sorts of food difficult to acquire through donations.

The Walmart grant is timely, council officials said, because a major source of funds for food purchases has not yet arrived.

The council has offices in Hempstead, Freeport and Riverhead where professional staff and volunteers help Long Islanders in need. Officials said the council fed 21,215 Long Islanders last year, and provided other assistance to nearly 7,700 people.
 

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