In January of each year, the number of homeless people is counted on Long Island. As of January 27, 2016 the number of homeless here was 3960! How staggering is that? On top of these facts, 11% of our Long Island population goes hungry every day! Not only the homeless, but our neighbors around us struggle to put food on the table. It is an alarming situation. With the holidays right around the corner, it is time to reflect on ways we can help.
There are many ways for us to help the hungry. For students, if there is not already a food drive at your school, encourage the school to start one. If the food drive already exists, donate, donate, donate! Most non-perishable foods are accepted, but make sure to check what is needed and allowed. For adults, a food drive can be started among friends or at work. If food is difficult to collect, a money donation is always acceptable. Donating your time at a local soup kitchen or soup pantry is also an idea to think about to help the hungry.
For the winter, blankets and coats are always needed for the homeless. Make sure to check with local agencies to find the best way to give them out, or the best places to bring them to. Think about the things you need on a day to day basis. Things the homeless would be without, and just donate! If everyone were to do just a little, so much could be done.
Here at Dr. Gibbs office we have been running a Holiday Food Drive for the last 25 years. The food we collect is donated to “Long Island Cares”, a local food bank on Long Island. This year we are running the “Food Drive” from Nov 1st through the middle of December. We ask our neighbors to come by our office and make donations of canned goods or non-perishable food items. These items can be dropped off during our normal business hours of Monday 10am–7pm, Wednesday 2pm-7pm, and Thursday 10am-6pm.
For those who have questions, please call our office at (631) 421-0226.