Thanksgiving is around the corner, but for some Long Islanders, it will be impossible to buy food for their families. To help Long Island's hungry, Bethpage Federal Credit Union is organizing its Third Annual Turkey & Trimming Drive on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 to benefit Island Harvest, Long Island's largest hunger relief organization.
The event will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. outside of the credit union's main branch at 899 Oyster Bay Road, Bethpage, NY. Long Islanders are being asked to help by donating frozen turkeys, non-perishable food items, supermarket
turkey vouchers or cash donations. These will help Island Harvest to give free meals to over 285,000 needy Long Islanders in time for the holidays.
If you can't make it out to the credit union's main branch on that day, you can still drop off non-perishable food items from Tuesday, November 1 to Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at any of Bethpage Credit Union's 24 branch locations. (A full list of locations is at Bethpage branches and ATMs.)
Note: Every one who makes a donation will receive tickets to a NY Islanders hockey game.
The island-wide Bethpage Turkey & Trimming Drive is organized and
supported by Cablevision, Newsday, NY Islanders, LI Radio Group, Coliseum Caterers,
Girl Scouts of Nassau and Girl Scouts of Suffolk. Since the first Bethpage Turkey
Drive was organized in 2009, hundreds of Long Island residents and volunteers have
come out to assist in the collection of over 6,500 turkeys and 12,000 pounds of
food, which were then provided to Long Island's many families in need.
According to a study conducted by Island Harvest and Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization, there are currently an estimated 285,000 hungry Long Islanders, which includes 110,000 children. Island Harvest
volunteers and staff supply a network of 570 local pantries, soup kitchens and
other feeding programs. First opened in 1992, Island Harvest has delivered
more than 71 million pounds of food, supplementing nearly 54 million meals.
For the third year, the Bethpage Turkey Drive will also receive support from The
Girl Scouts of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, where hundreds of troops will
collect non-perishable donations, make drop offs at Bethpage's branches throughout
Nassau and Suffolk Counties and in return, receive Girl Scout patches from Bethpage.