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'Food not Bombs' charity feeds hundreds in Hempstead

Jon Stepanian, founder of Long Island Food Not

Jon Stepanian, founder of Long Island Food Not Bombs, poses for a photo in the parking lot of the Hempstead LIRR station during a vegan "block party." (Nov. 21, 2010) Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

  A spicy aroma of pumpkin filled the air in the Hempstead Long Island Rail Road parking lot Sunday, as volunteers from Long Island Food Not Bombs brought out boxes of homemade vegan entrees along with thousands of pounds of groceries to share with the men, women, and children who waited eagerly for the goods.

Hundreds of people clutched plastic shopping bags and waited patiently as about 100 volunteers from the group unloaded box after box of vegetables, bread, fruit, cereal and prepared items, and carried them to tables that lined Columbia Street.

Long Island Food Not Bombs co-founder Jon Stepanian said the group brought about 30,000 pounds of vegetarian food - edible, but unable to be sold by the grocery stores and food distributors that donated it - to the parking lot for its Thanksgiving Food Share Bonanza. They estimated about 800 people showed up during the day.

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