‘Power to Feed Long Island’ Summer Food Drive Coming to Riverhead Stop & Shop Friday

PSEG Long Island and Stop & Shop will team up again this summer to collect food for the Island Harvest Food Bank and will collect food donations at the Riverhead Stop & Shop on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The second annual “Power to Feed Long Island” Summer Food Drive kicked off with a July 1 drive in Massapequa and consists of six drives at Stop & Shop supermarkets across the island, including the Aug. 5 event in Riverhead .

This second annual Summer Food Drive aims to collect 30,000 healthy and nutritious meals for Long Island families struggling to put food on their tables, according to a PSEG press release announcing the food drive.

Food insecurity affects more Long Island families than people realize. In fact, hundreds of thousands of Long Island families struggle with hunger and food insecurity throughout the year. But the fight becomes more acute during the summer months, when there is a significant reduction in food donations to local food banks, pantries and programs, PSEG said.

To compound the problem, children are not in school where they can receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch. Additionally, the pandemic and rising rate of inflation have put further pressure on local food pantries and emergency feeding programs serviced by Island Harvest, the food bank said.

Over the past two and a half years, the pandemic has put significant pressure on the complementary food supply chain. In fiscal year 2020-2021, Island Harvest Food Bank distributed more than 18 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 15 million meals, to food-insecure Long Islanders, an 83% increase over the year tax 2018-2019.

“Last year, PSEG Long Island’s ‘Power to Feed Long Island’ created a place for Long Islanders to help combat food insecurity, and they responded with bags, carts and trunks filled with thousands of pounds of food for their neighbors,” said David Lyons. , Interim President and COO of PSEG Long Island.

“Thanks to your generosity, we exceeded our goal of 21,000 meals in 2021,” Lyons said. PSEG encourages everyone to continue to be part of the solution, she said, “because there is still hunger in every zip code.”

PSEG Long Island kicked off the summer food drive this year with a $1,000 donation. Stop & Shop donated $1,000 in gift cards. The cash donation combined with the gift cards make up the first 4,000 meals collected for this summer’s initiative.

Island Harvest estimates that every dollar donated provides approximately two meals.

Community members are encouraged to go to the collection sites and donate non-perishable food. Collection containers and a contactless delivery option will be available at each location.

Photo courtesy: PSEG-Long Island

Island Harvest needs specific items, including:

Non-perishable foods: Healthy varieties of canned foods, such as low-sodium beans, vegetables, soups, pasta sauces and varieties of tomato, tuna and chicken, rice, pasta, nut butters, olive and canola oil, spices and food for pets (no glass containers please).

Household essentials: toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, laundry detergent, and dish soap.

Personal care items: Toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner, feminine care products and shaving products, wipes and antibacterial wipes.

Baby care items: diapers, wipes, formula, creams, ointments and liquid baby soap.

Representatives from PSEG Long Island and Island Harvest Food Bank will be available at all locations to provide information on low-income programs and energy-efficient options to save money.

In addition, information will be available from PSEG Long Island about electric service payment plans and programs and ways to save money through energy efficient options.

For information about Island Harvest and help with food insecurity issues, call 631-873-4775.

For additional information on the “Power to Feed Long Island” campaign, or to make a monetary donation online, visit www.psegliny.com/feedLI .

In addition to Friday’s collection in Riverhead, upcoming “Power to Feed Long Island” collections will take place at Stop & Shop stores in Carle Place on August 19, East Northport on September 2 and West Babylon on September 16 . All collections will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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