Advocates are urging the public to donate canned goods and non-perishable items for the regional food bank at collection tables set up outside Long Island supermarkets on summer weekends July 7 through Oct. 7.

Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank is running the second annual “The Summer Food Drive to End Hunger” in conjunction with King Kullen and a dozen New York State Assembly members to help combat issues of hunger and food insecurity on LI.

“The issue of hunger on Long Island is real and doesn’t go away during the beautiful months of summer,” said William Gonyou, Community Events and Food Drive Manager for the nonprofit. “It is something we wrestle with every season of the year.”

Last year, the Summer Food Drive yielded more than 20,000 pounds of donations. This year, the goal is 30,000 pounds of donated food.

One food drive will be held each weekend, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a designated King Kullen supermarket. One elected official will take the lead in asking for donations each weekend. Food donations will be distributed directly to member agencies of Long Island Cares.

For more information, visit licares.com

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