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Summer food drive challenge returns
Anyone interested in helping to wipe out hunger on Long Island — and in winning bragging rights for the effort — is invited to participate in Island Harvest’s second annual “Make a Splash” Food Drive Challenge.
The drive is an Islandwide competition between municipal swimming pools to see which municipality can collect the most donated food.
“This event reminds us that people in our community go hungry all year round and that we have to be as motivated to collect food for those in need in the summer months as we do in November and December,” Huntington Town Board member Susan Berland said yesterday in announcing the town’s participation in the challenge.
Berland was joined by Island Harvest representative Doreen Principe, Dix Hills Park manager Matt Naples, and campers from the Town of Huntington’s Adventure Camp.
Last year, Huntington tied for third by collecting more than 500 pounds of nonperishable food items.
Boxes for food drop-off will be located on the grounds of the Dix Hills Pool through August 12. The pool is located at 575 Vanderbilt Pkwy.
Residents are encouraged to drop off canned vegetables, meats, fish or fruits, soups, sauces, pasta, cereals, formula, spices, coffee, tea and personal care items.
Above: Island Harvest volunteers unloading donated food for distribution among LI’s food pantries, soup kitchens and other community-based feeding programs.