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Harry Chapin to be honored by LI Cares food bank

Late singer-songwriter and anti-hunger activist Harry Chapin performs

Late singer-songwriter and anti-hunger activist Harry Chapin performs at Avery Fisher Hall in Manhattan in 1976. Long Island Cares will be honoring Chapin on Friday. Credit: AP / Nancy Kaye

Musician Harry Chapin’s namesake food bank will hold its annual “Day of Making a Difference” Friday, honoring his legacy of addressing hunger on Long Island 35 years after his death.

Long Island Cares Inc., which operates the Harry Chapin Food Bank, will open its four locations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a number of activities, including a Hunger 101 workshop, food bank tours and volunteer sessions in the bank’s warehouse.

Officials said they will also accept donations of nonperishable food, school supplies, personal care products, household supplies and pet food. Chapin’s music will be for sale, with the funds going toward Long Island Cares.

Chapin used his popularity as a musician to fight hunger. He established the organization as the Island’s first food bank in 1980, shortly before his death in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway on July 17, 1981. Long Island Cares now serves more than 316,000 Long Island residents facing hunger and food insecurity.

“We are so grateful to the public and to the business community for remembering Harry’s work and the way he continues to challenge all of us to get involved in service to our neighbors in need,” Paule Pachter, Long Island Cares CEO, said in a statement.

Directions to the group’s locations in Hauppauge, Freeport, Lindenhurst and Huntington Station, as well as more information, are available by calling 631-582-FOOD or at www.licares.org.

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