PSEG Long Island teams up with Island Harvest to help communities facing food insecurity

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PSEG Long Island is excited to team up with Island Harvest on a new initiative to help people in our communities facing food insecurity. It’s called Power to Feed Long Island and you can help.
Summer is a particularly challenging time for food banks. Most see their stock dwindle rapidly and donations decrease. When schools close, daily school meals stop for thousands of Long Island children who depend on them. We set a goal to provide enough food for 21,000 meals. Please join us.
Together, we're collecting...
• Healthy Foods
• Non-Perishable Goods
• Household Items
• Toiletries
• Baby Essentials
• Pet Supplies
Donate Across Long Island
Stop by any of the following Power to Feed Long Island events with a donation of non-perishable food from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Date        Location            Address
July 9      Stop & Shop      1750 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Islandia
July 23   Stew Leonard’s  1897 Front St., East Meadow
Aug. 6     Stop & Shop        702 Hicksville Road, Massapequa
Aug. 20   King Kullen           273 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley
Sept. 17   Stop & Shop        1100 Jericho Turnpike, Huntington Station
Sept. 24   King Kullen           2305 Jericho Turnpike, Garden City Park
Food Insecurity on Long Island
It took a pandemic to shine a brighter light on the issue of food insecurity on Long Island. But the fact is that hunger on Long Island is not a new problem. Approximately 600,000 people on Long Island experience food insecurity – including 90,000 children.*
Committed to Our Communities
Over the next few months, look for us at supermarkets across Long Island where we will be holding food collection drives. Our goal is to collect enough food for 21,000 meals. The Power to Feed Long Island is just one of the ways PSEG Long is committed to giving back to our communities across Long Island and the Rockaways.
Drive Donations
Feeding America’s 2014 Hunger in America study found that 79% of clients purchase inexpensive, unhealthy foods just to make ends meet. However, clients say they are looking to for healthier foods to feed themselves and their families. Here are some suggestions of healthy foods to bring to the collection drives.
Healthy Non-Perishable Goods:
• Canned Beans/Dried Beans
• Peanut Butter or Other Nut Butters
• Rolled Oats
• Canned Fruit in Juice (Not in Light or Heavy Syrup)
• Canned Vegetables (Low-Sodium)
• Low-Sodium Soups
• Canned Tuna/Chicken
• Brown Rice/Instant Brown Rice
• Quinoa
• Nuts/Seeds/Dried Fruits
• Shelf-Stable Milk and Milk Substitutes
• Whole-Grain Pasta
• Low-Sodium Pasta Sauce
• Popcorn Kernels (Not Microwave Popcorn)
• Canned Stews (Low-Sodium)
• Whole-Grain, Low Sugar Cold Cereals
• Olive or Canola Oil
• Canned Tomatoes (Low-Sodium or No-Salt)
Household Items:
• Dish Detergent
• Cleaning Sprays/Wipes
• Sanitizer Gloves/Masks
• Paper Towels
• Toilet Paper Baby Essentials:
• Baby Formulas
• Diapers
• Baby Wash
• Baby Oil/Lotion
• Diaper Rash
• Ointment
Pet Supplies:
• Cat Food- Wet/Dry
• Dog Food- Wet/Dry
Toiletries:
• Toothpaste
• Toothbrush
• Mouthwash
• Washcloths
• Soaps/Body Washes
• Deodorant
• Lotion
• Shampoo/Conditioner
• Razor/Shaving Cream
• Feminine Items
* As of 2020, according to IslandHarvest.org