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LI food bank uses grant to boost produce to Brentwood schools

Long Island Cares, a Hauppauge-based food bank, was awarded a $15,000-grant to provide more fresh produce to needy families in the Brentwood school district, according to a news release from the food bank.

The grant, scheduled to be awarded Nov. 1, is part of a national initiative between the Walt Disney Co. and a national nonprofit called Feeding America. The funds will be used to support Long Island Cares’ Mobile School Pantry program, which boosts delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables to children in the Brentwood school district.

“Our organization continues to place a high priority on healthy eating and access to fresh produce as part of our Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables program, and by dedicating a large percentage of our funding from the New York State Department of Health HPNAP program towards purchasing locally grown produce,” Robin Amato, Long Island Cares’ chief development officer, said in a news release.

“The additional funding from The Disney Company will go a long way in helping us increase our efforts,” Amato said.

Since the beginning of the school year in September, the program has provided food to about 550 children in Brentwood, according to the release. It served more than 1,600 families last year.

“With these additional funds we can increase the amount of healthy vegetables and fruits available to the children we’re assisting in the community who are often at risk for poor nutrition.” Jessica Rosati, Long Island Cares’ chief program officer, said in the release.

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