Freeport food pantry avoids closure
The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island has committed to giving the Food Pantry of Freeport the money it needs to stay open.
As News 12 has reported, Nassau County recently slashed the pantry's budget by $40,000. The pantry, which is run by the Long Island Council of Churches, was at risk of closing its doors last week.
Bishop Lawrence Provenzano, from the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, heard about the funding cuts and will donate $40,000 annually for three years.
"We don't want the poor and those who are in need to go without the services that are provided by the food pantry," said Provenzano.
Pantry officials say 1,700 people were given bags of food last month.
Members of the Long Island Council of Churches plan on attending the Nov. 17 meeting of the Nassau Legislature to ask lawmakers to return the funding.