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Help Feed Struggling Families At The First Annual End Of Summer Food Drive

Originally Posted: August 30, 2012

Nicole Barylski

While cleaning out your pantry this weekend instead of throwing away extra food donate to a great cause on your way out of the Hamptons this weekend. Grant Andreas a 13-year-old Hampton/NYC resident, had the idea to help help feed struggling families of Long Island by collecting the leftover food from the summer months. Grant said, "I hope people across the Hamptons see this as a simple yet important opportunity to give back. Bring some food, drive by, and maybe win a paddle board!"

Strong's Marine, Hall Lane Moving and Storage, and Move For Hunger are helping turn Grant's idea into a reality with the first annual Hamptons End of Summer Food Drive. Collection boxes will be set up all Labor Day weekend long, September 1 through September 3rd at Strong's Marine which is located along County Road 39 which you have to pass to leave the Hamptons. Area residents can donate any non-perishable food items and drop off the donations throughout the weekend.

The local partner of Move For Hunger, Hall Lane Moving and Storage, is providing the boxes and delivering all donations directly to the Long Island Cares-The Harry Chapin Food Bank.

"We're very excited to once again partner with our friends at Move for Hunger for this very creative and exciting event," said Paule Pachter, Executive Director of Long Island Cares, Inc. "We're very hopeful that many people in the Hampton communities will come by and help the regional food bank in an our efforts to feed and support our neighbors in need."

Sponsors for the event include Thayer's Hardware & Patio, Sunrise to Sunset Surf and Sport, Future Stars at Hampton Racquet, Hampton Jitney, Strong's Marine, Hall Lane Moving & Storage, and Southampton Chamber of Commerce.

Over 320,000 people on Long Island, including 118,000 children, live on incomes that put them at risk for hunger. The collections from the End of Summer Food Drive will directly benefit the food supply of Long Island Cares-The Harry Chapin Food Bank, the organization that provides hunger relief for struggling families in Nassau and Suffolk counties so make sure you stop by the food drive if you are heading back to the city this weekend.

Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that works with relocation companies
across the country to pick up unwanted, unopened food from those who are relocating and deliver it to local food banks across the country. To date, Move For Hunger is working with over 350 movers in 43 states and has collected more than 670,000 pounds of food. For more information or to find out how you can help support Move For Hunger, visit www.MoveForHunger.org.

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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