Girl Scouts to hold food collection events Saturday on Long Island

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Girl Scouts on Long Island will be holding four food collection events on Saturday to help those in need.

Girls Scouts in Nassau and Suffolk counties are partnering with Island Harvest for a contactless drive-thru food collection from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Food insecurity is a very real issue and there has been a growing need to help those who are experiencing it, starting with communities right here on Long Island,” said Rande Bynum, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “Together, we hope we can help make a difference.”

Items to be collected will include toiletries, non-perishable goods, household items, pet supplies, and baby essentials.

Drop off locations will be set up at:
Eisenhower Park - Field 6, 1899 Park Blvd, Westbury, NY 11590
Hicksville Sears Lot, 195 N. Broadway (Rt 106/107) Hicksville, NY
Island Harvest Calverton Warehouse, 2711 Sound Ave, Calverton NY 11933 (Riverhead Ciderhouse parking lot)
Carter Deluca, 576 Broad Hollow Road, Melville, NY 11747

Island Harvest President and Chief Executive Officer Randi Dresner said the organization has held a food distribution event in every ZIP code across Long Island this year and the lines keep getting longer as the numbers of those in need grow because of the pandemic.

"We did one at the Nassau Coliseum — the lines were snaked all across the Coliseum parking lot, out onto Hempstead Turnpike and up the Meadowbrook Parkway with people on line waiting for food from Island Harvest to get them through that week or the next two weeks," she told WCBS 880's Sophia Hall. "So the need is tremendous. People are struggling."

There are also more calls coming in to the organization from people needing information and help.

"I cannot tell you how many times we heard at the distribution before Thanksgiving that they were expecting to eat peanut butter and jelly on Thanksgiving but because of our food distribution we were able to give them Thanksgiving turkey and trimming," she said.

Dresner believes there will be food insecurity until 2022 because of the pandemic.

"When we're giving out food what we hear from pepople is how grateful they are for this food and they bless all the volunteers and our staff that are at these distributions," Dresner said.