Letter: Food fight and hunger don't mix

Casey McGloin, 28, center, project staff assistant with

Casey McGloin, 28, center, project staff assistant with the School of Health Technology and Management, speaks with student volunteers as they prepare to open the new Stony Brook University Food Pantry in a dormitory basement. (Sept. 5, 2013) Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

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Newsday ran a story on the problems and challenges of hunger on Long Island ["Help for the hungry at college," News, Sept. 18] and how the students of Stony Brook University have set up a food pantry to deal with this issue within the student body. The article talked about food insecurity, the high expense of living in this area, the problems of low-income students skipping meals or only being able to afford empty-calorie meals. It was a good article reflecting an attempt to construct a solution to a serious problem.

Therefore, I was stunned to read two pages later an article titled "Coliseum's Tomato Fest fruitless" [News], which reported on a massive food fight with tomatoes that was to have taken place in the Nassau Coliseum parking lot, set to electronic dance music. The article said the cancellation was related to concerns about safety; another Coliseum event with such music a year ago was shut down after it resulted in injuries due to the "patrons' rampant intoxication."

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Really? In an environment where so many people are living paycheck to paycheck, skipping meals and forgoing fresh vegetables so essential to a healthy diet, there was a plan for this massive waste of food? I find it heartbreaking that these events are even allowed to take place, and I would like to think that most people share my outrage.

Eileen Sleckman, Cold Spring Harbor


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