Small Oyster Bay food pantry serves 200 each Friday

A small food pantry in Oyster Bay says it went from serving 40 people a week to 200 during the pandemic.

Marisa Bel, a teacher in Oyster Bay, and John, who turns 82 next month, are among those volunteering at the People's Pantry that operates out of the Community Center on Church Street.

"It makes me feel good to help other people," said John. "I know what it's like to be helped."

The pantry opened up in the fall and had been serving about 40 seniors each Friday. But now because more people are out of work and out of money, 200 people line up.

Despite the rain Friday, an army of volunteers were out giving food to those in need.