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Church group receives $20G grant

Rev. Tom Goodhue, director of the Long Island

Rev. Tom Goodhue, director of the Long Island Council of Churches. (Credit: Kevin P Coughlin)

The Long Island Council of Churches has received a $20,000 grant from a division of the Nassau County Bar Association, for the council’s emergency food program, which the church group’s director said is particularly crucial in light of uncertain government funding.

The grant from the bar association’s WE CARE Advisory Board is the second grant from a private group the council has received in the past month, said the Rev. Tom Goodhue, the council’s executive director.

The council received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation last month.

The grants, Goodhue said, are “enormously helpful” at a time of increasing need for food assistance among the working poor, and because the council still has not received any government funding.

“Because of the delay in government funds, it is crucial to have private funding from these two groups,” Goodhue said.

Goodhue noted that members of the Nassau County Bar Association have also volunteered “huge amounts of time to help our neighbors with foreclosure prevention, elder law education, and a host of other challenges. They also do a wonderful job of raising money to help neighbors in need.”

The grant enables the council to purchase food, most notably items that are rarely donated to food pantries, said the council’s Freeport Emergency Food Center manager Wally Merna.

He said some elderly clients and infants have special nutritional needs.

Goodhue also pleaded for the public to donate to food pantries overall, citing increased
demand and limited funding.

Last year, officials said the council fed 21,215 Long Islanders, and provided other assistance to another 7,691 people.

Tags: Nassau County

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