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Food pantry honors late director

Belinda Alvarez-Groneman, president of Pronto in Bay Shore,

Belinda Alvarez-Groneman, president of Pronto in Bay Shore, looks at a proclamation with state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) before a ceremony for her late mother, Nilda Alvarez. (Nov. 23, 2013) Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

While Nilda Alvarez led Bay Shore's Pronto community outreach center, she never turned away a hungry person, and Saturday its food pantry was dedicated to the former director.

Belinda Alvarez-Groneman, president of Pronto in Bay Shore,
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Belinda Alvarez-Groneman, president of Pronto in Bay Shore, looks at a proclamation with state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) before a ceremony for her late mother, Nilda Alvarez. (Nov. 23, 2013)

Jaime Marcos, a board member at Pronto community
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Jaime Marcos, a board member at Pronto community outreach center in Bay Shore, speaks during a ceremony for Nilda Alvarez, who died exactly a year ago at 79. Nilda Alvarez started out as a volunteer at Pronto and went on to become executive director of the center in 1989. (Nov. 23, 2013)

Jaime Marcos, a board member at Pronto community
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Jaime Marcos, a board member at Pronto community outreach center in Bay Shore, is seen with Pronto president Belinda Alvarez-Groneman before a ceremony for Belinda's late mother, Nilda. Pronto of Long Island Inc. renamed its food pantry in honor of Nilda Alvarez, who died exactly a year ago at 79. (Nov. 23, 2013)

State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) speaks during
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) speaks during a ceremony at Pronto community outreach center in Bay Shore for Nilda Alvarez. (Nov. 23, 2013)

Belinda Alvarez-Groneman, president of Pronto in Bay Shore,
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Belinda Alvarez-Groneman, president of Pronto in Bay Shore, hugs a family friend before the ceremony. (Nov. 23, 2013)

Pronto president Belinda Alvarez-Groneman uncovers a plaque of
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Pronto president Belinda Alvarez-Groneman uncovers a plaque of her mother, Nilda Alvarez, at the center in Bay Shore. (Nov. 23, 2013)

Nilda Alvarez was a volunteer at Pronto of
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Nilda Alvarez was a volunteer at Pronto of Long Island Inc., a community outreach center in Bay Shore, for many years before becoming its executive director in 1989. Pronto renamed its food pantry in honor of Alvarez, who died exactly a year ago at 79. (Nov. 23, 2013)

Nilda Alvarez was a volunteer at Pronto, a
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Nilda Alvarez was a volunteer at Pronto, a community outreach center in Bay Shore, for many years before becoming its executive director in 1989. (Nov. 23, 2013)

From left, Iris Scarpa, 70, Carmen Sanchez, 86,
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

From left, Iris Scarpa, 70, Carmen Sanchez, 86, and Dolores Rivera, 70, were among the many friends who attended a ceremony today at Pronto of Long Island Inc., a community outreach center in Bay Shore. (Nov. 23, 2013)

Family members of Nilda Alvarez attend the ceremony
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Family members of Nilda Alvarez attend the ceremony at Pronto outreach center in Bay Shore. (Nov. 23, 2013)

Nilda Alvarez was a volunteer at Pronto, a
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Nilda Alvarez was a volunteer at Pronto, a community outreach center in Bay Shore, for many years before becoming its executive director in 1989. (Nov. 23, 2013)

Jaime Marcos, left, a board member at Pronto
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Jaime Marcos, left, a board member at Pronto community outreach center in Bay Shore, is seen with volunteer Manny Vidal Jr. as they hold a plaque of Nilda Alvarez. Pronto renamed its food pantry in honor of Nilda, who died exactly a year ago at 79. (Nov. 23, 2013)

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