Long Island’s community and town pools collected more than 6,900 lbs. of food in the first annual “Make a Splash” food drive with Island Harvest.
Twelve pools throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties teamed up with Island Harvest for this food drive to encourage youth to help end hunger on Long Island.
The top community and town pools with the most food collected in the “Make a Splash” food drive were Garden City with 3,145 lbs., Wantagh with 600 lbs., and Dix Hills, Huntington and Centereach tied with 550 lbs. each.
“We would like to congratulate the top pools for their extraordinary donations and thank all the pools who contributed their generosity and hard work, making this food drive a huge success,” said Doreen Principe, program coordinator, Island Harvest.
By joining with local pools, Island Harvest aims to teach youth the value of charity and volunteerism in today’s world.
“We want to help children learn to be caring, loving, compassionate citizens in their communities,” said Principe.
All proceeds generated from the “Make a Splash” food drive will benefit Island Harvest, whose volunteers and staff provide critical food support to a network of 570 food pantries, soup kitchens and other local programs that offer food assistance to 283,700 Long Islanders — including 110,000 children — who face hunger each day.
To find more information about how you can help Island Harvest, visit www.islandharvest.org.