PSEG Long Island’s Power to Feed Long Island program is back this summer with a new goal to collect enough food for 30,000 meals – and we’re SO close! This year, we’ve teamed up with Island Harvest and local summer camps to help families facing food insecurity across Long Island and the Rockaways.
Hundreds of thousands of Long Island families struggle with hunger and food insecurity throughout the year. During the summer months, there is a significant reduction in food donations to local food banks, pantries and programs. Compounding the issue, children are not in school where they can receive free and reduced-cost breakfast and lunch.
In addition, the pandemic and increased inflation rate have further strained local food pantries and emergency feeding programs served by Island Harvest.
In 2020-2021, Island Harvest Food Bank distributed more than 18 million pounds of food – the equivalent of 15 million meals – to Long Islanders facing food insecurity. That’s an 83% increase over fiscal year 2018-2019!
How can you help – and get a free gift?
September is Hunger Action Month and what better way to recognize this month than to come on down and donate to the cause! Stop by and donate at any of the two final food collection events and receive one 2 pack of LED lightbulbs while supplies last!
- Sept. 2 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. 3126 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY
- Sept. 16 8a.m. – 7 p.m. 365 NY-109, West Babylon, NY
If you can’t make it to either of these events, donations can be made on our Power to Feed Long Island website. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!
What type of items are needed?
Great question! Island Harvest has a need for specific items, including:
- Nonperishable food: Healthy varieties of canned foods, such as low-sodium beans, vegetables, soups, pasta sauces and tomato varieties, tuna and chicken, rice, pasta, nut butters, olive and canola oil, spices and pet food (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, antibacterial wipes and washcloths.
- Baby care items: Diapers, wipes, formula, creams, ointments and baby wash.
For more information, including photos, videos and a calendar of all collection dates and site locations please visit www.psegliny.com/FeedLI