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RISE Life Services Hosts 2nd Annual Foodstock Music Festival and Food Drive

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RISE Life Services Hosts 2nd Annual Foodstock Music Festival and Food Drive

As inflation drives food prices higher and strapped farmers are less able to donate produce, RISE Life Services’ food pantries are seeing a 300% increase in traffic since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

In an effort to keep up with the need, RISE hosted the second annual Foodstock Music Festival and Food Drive on Sept. 17 at the Bayside Clam Bar & Grill in East Islip.

Performing live were Long Island country entertainers The Rustlers, County Line, and The Joe Bayer Band.

RISE, whose clients include those with special needs and veterans, works to decrease food insecurity on the East End. 

“While we appreciate food donations, we are asking for monetary donations at this event,” says Jo-Ann Vitale, operations director of day programs and community services. “We have people with special dietary needs, those who may not have access to some of the basics to put a meal together.

“For example, mac-and-cheese seems like a great donation but if a homeless veteran doesn’t have a stove, a pot or access to running water, it isn’t really a meal he can prepare.”

Since the start of the pandemic, the weekly traffic has increased from 50 families per week to more than 150 in the same span. She added that $50 can feed a family of four for a week.

For more information on how to donate, visit riselifeservices.org.

Image 1 Charles Evdos Executive Director of Rise Life Services
Charles Evdos, Executive Director of Rise Life ServicesPhoto by Ed Shin
Image 2 Charles Evdos Fred Vatter John Kobel Ricky Mackey Bob Herold from AmVet Post 18 Color Guard
Charles Evdos, Fred Vatter, John Kobel, Ricky Mackey & Bob Herold from AmVet Post 18 Color GuardPhoto by Ed Shin
Image 3 Fred Vatter John Kobel Staff Sargeant Ret. Jennifer Lucas Ricky Mackey Bob Herold
Fred Vatter, John Kobel, Staff Sargeant Ret. Jennifer Lucas, Ricky Mackey & Bob HeroldPhoto by Ed Shin
Image 4 Ryan Lucas Jennifer Lucas Charles Evdos Renea Evdos Jack Morelli
Ryan Lucas, Jennifer Lucas, Charles Evdos, Renea Evdos & Jack MorelliPhoto by Ed Shin
Image 5 Terry Barrett DJ Lady T Nancy Brown
Terry Barrett DJ Lady T & Nancy BrownPhoto by Ed Shin
Image 6 Joe Bayer
Joe BayerPhoto by Ed Shin
Image 7 John Genua scaled
John GenuaPhoto by Ed Shin
Image 8 Greg Saltzman Linda Lazarus Charles Evdos Renea Evdos
Greg Saltzman, Linda Lazarus, Charles Evdos & Renea EvdosPhoto by Ed Shin
Image 9 Christine Grossman Terry Barrett Jack Morelli
Christine Grossman, Terry Barrett & Jack MorelliPhoto by Ed Shin
Image 10 Charles Evdos Tony Garofalo Deborah Garofalo
Charles Evdos Tony Garofalo & Deborah GarofaloPhoto by Ed Shin
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Charles Evdos, Michael Kitakis & Cathy KitakisPhoto by Ed Shin
Image 13 Project 9 Line Allstar Band
Project 9 Line Allstar BandPhoto by Ed Shin
Image 14 2022 Foodstock Music Festival and Food Drive
2022 Foodstock Music Festival and Food DrivePhoto by Ed Shin
Image 15 2022 Foodstock Music Festival and Food Drive
2022 Foodstock Music Festival and Food DrivePhoto by Ed Shin
Image 16 2022 Foodstock Music Festival and Food Drive
2022 Foodstock Music Festival and Food DrivePhoto by Ed Shin
Image 17 2022 Foodstock Music Festival and Food Drive
2022 Foodstock Music Festival and Food DrivePhoto by Ed Shin

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