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Ways To Participate In #GivingTuesday And Give Back During The Holidays

Nicole Barylski

Many East End Food Pantries are in dire need of donations. (Photo: Facebook.com/Amber-Waves-Farm)

Giving back to your community is important year round, but #GivingTuesday, (December, 3, 2013), was created with the hopes of inspiring a national day of giving back to start the holidays. Getting involved is easy; all you have to do is choose a charitable activity that supports a non-profit organization. With the season of giving upon us, Hamptons Food Pantries are a great place to pick, and many are in dire need of donations.

Westhampton:

The Westhampton Food Pantry at Immaculate Conception Parish (631-288-1423) accepts donations of canned items year round. Donations can be sent to:

Westhampton Food Pantry
580 Main Street
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

Hampton Bays:

The Hamptons Bays Food Pantry at St. Rosalie's Church (631-728-9461) is hoping to fill its shelves for the festive season. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, through Thursday.

Hamptons Bays Food Pantry
31 East Montauk Highway,
Hampton Bays, NY 11946

Southampton:

Human Resources of the Hamptons (631-283-6415, www.hrhamptons.org) has been helping Hamptons residents in need for thirty years. They provide assistance to over 6000 people per year. Donations accepted include all non-perishable, packaged foods (which should be dropped off during work hours and given to a staff member or volunteer), clothing (which can be dropped off inside the building or placed in the clothing drop box in the parking lot), children's items and school supplies (which should be dropped off inside the building). To raise funds, they are holding the 10th Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, December 14, at 10 a.m. at Cooper's Beach in Southampton Village. Donations can be sent to:

Human Resources of the Hamptons
168 Hill Street
Southampton, NY 11968


Bridgehampton

The Bridgehampton Community Food Pantry at St. Ann's Episcopal Church (631-537-1527, 2463 Main Street) serves the Bridgehampton and Sagaponack area. The Pantry is open Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations can be sent to:

Bridgehampton Community Food Pantry
2463 Main Street
P.O. Box 961
Bridgehampton, NY 11932


Sag Harbor:

The Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry (631-725-2880, sagharborfoodpantry.com) helps feed approximately 250 people per week. Donations accepted include fresh, perishable or canned items, which can be left at The Old Whalers Church (44 Union Street, Sag Harbor). The Pantry is open 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. Donations can be sent to:

Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry
44 Union Street
P.O. Box 1241
Sag Harbor, NY 11963


East Hampton:

The East Hampton Food Pantry (631-324-2300, easthamptonfoodpantry.org) serves over 350 families weekly. They are open Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. at the East Hampton location and 4 to 6 p.m. at their Amagansett Satellite (St. Michael's Housing, Community Building, 488 Montauk Highway, Amagansett). Donations can be sent to:

East Hampton Food Pantry
219-50 Accabonac Road
Post Office Box 505
East Hampton, NY 11937


Meals On Wheels (631-329-1669) prepares and delivers meals to individuals who are homebound. Donations can be sent to:

Meals On Wheels
33 Newtown Lane, Suite 205
East Hampton, NY 11937


Amagansett:

The Farm to Food Pantry (www.amberwavesfarm.com ) works with East End Food Pantries to help provide low income families' access to locally grown produce. They provide over 300 families with a weekly inventory of much needed fresh produce. Farms which participate in the farmer-food pantry partnership include Amber Waves Farm, Balsam Farms, Quail Hill Farm and Sunset Beach Farm. Donations can be sent to:

Farm to Food Pantry
P.O. Box 2623
Amagansett, NY 11930


Montauk:

The Mother Teresa Outreach Center Community Food Pantry (631-668-2425) is open the third Tuesday of each month. Donations can be sent to:

Mother Teresa Outreach Center Community Food Pantry
50 South Dorset Drive,
Montauk School,
Montauk, NY 11954


Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski




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