“America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon will serve as school principal for a day for one Suffolk County school that collects the most nonperishable food by April 1 for the Long Island Cares - Harry Chapin Food Bank in Hauppauge.
The contest is a partnership between Party 105.3 FM and the radio/TV personality.
Paul Pachter, executive director of Long Island Cares, said he is excited Cannon will be joining the fight against hunger on Long Island, especially since he attracts a young demographic.
“I anticipate we’ll raise at least half a million pounds of food,” Pachter said.
The winning school will be announced April 4 and Cannon’s “takeover” of the school will take place April 11. The contest is open only to Suffolk schools because Party 105, which initially reached out to Cannon, broadcasts there.
A call to Cannon’s representatives was not immediately returned.
Donation pickups will be between March 28 and April 1 for schools in need of pickup service, though schools are welcome to deliver donations to the food bank, located at 10 Davids Drive in Hauppauge, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Soups, stews, chili, pastas, canned meats, hot and cold cereal, peanut butter and jelly, plastic and pouch juice containers, personal care items and pet food are needed most.
Pachter said the winning school could also get a party at Air Trampoline Sports in Ronkonkoma.
“There’s a great potential to provide emergency food at such a critical time when we are looking at an increase of people who need this type of support,” Pachter said. “It’s going to have a tremendous effect. This will be exciting for the kids and they’ll certainly understand where the food is going and the extent of the problem.”