HUNTINGTON FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS TO CONTINUE THROUGH THE SUMMER
Food insecurity continues to be a very real side effect of the coronavirus pandemic. There is now a food distribution almost every day of the week in Huntington Station. St. John’s has been a steadfast presence throughout the crisis, helping in whatever ways have been needed at any given moment.
Outreach has offered funding for food and grocery cards, as well as volunteers. Several St. John’s parishioners have helped at the Monday afternoon distributions at St. Hugh’s of Lincoln, sorting and bagging donated food and and handing out hot prepared meals to the 200-300 families that seek help each week.
None of this would have been possible without the leadership of Housing Help, Inc. Executive Director Pilar Moya or Officer Claudia Delgado of the Suffolk County Second Precinct. They have knit together a diverse coalition of volunteers from many organizations. St. Hugh’s of Lincoln and Project Hope have also been instrumental, generously offering their space and resources to support the work. Similar collaborations have been happening on most days of the week In various locations, with a wide array of partners involved. It has been an extraordinary cross-community effort - grass roots organizing at it’s best!
It is anticipated that the food distributions will be needed at least through early fall, until more people regain employment and children have returned to school. We will continue to update you on conditions locally as they evolve.
Sincere thanks to all at St. John’s who have contributed financially to our relief efforts, and to those who have volunteered! The work continues!
Photos from our food distributions in response to Covid-19