Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has declared September Hunger Action Month in the county, and is holding a food drive at county-owned buildings to help Long Islanders dealing with food insecurity.
Curran ordered the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola lit orange on Sept. 17 to raise awareness of Hunger Action Day. The county is also coordinating a food drive with Island Harvest, which all residents can participate in.
“While hunger is a year-round concern, Hunger Action Month is a great opportunity encourage residents to help make sure that none of our neighbors go without food,” Curran said. “I am pleased to partner with Island Harvest to help motivate food pantry donations to combat food insecurity in Nassau County and across Long Island.”
Members of the public can participate in the drive by dropping off non-perishable, unopened food to the following county buildings:
Theodore Roosevelt County Executive and Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Ave., Mineola
1 West Street, Mineola
240 Old Country Road, Mineola
District Attorney’s Office, 262 Old Country Road, Mineola
Eisenhower Park, Administration Building, East Meadow
Traffic Parking Violations Agency, 16 Cooper St., Hempstead
Hunger Action Month is an opportunity to spread the word about hunger on Long Island, which affects thousands of families. The economic devastation from the coronavirus pandemic hit communities hard and caused record unemployment and SNAP applications. In response to a rise in food insecurity during the pandemic, Nassau increased food distribution events, putting food on the table for an estimated 35,000 Nassau families.