Once again, the Glen Cove Youth Bureau’s annual Holiday Food Drive was an overwhelming success, due to the many generous donations that were received from charitable institutions, youth groups, businesses and individuals. The generosity of all who contributed made it possible for the Youth Bureau, in collaboration with the Friends of the Glen Cove Youth Board, to provide nutritional assistance to more than 1,000 people from 246 families during the month of November. The Youth Bureau expects to feed at least 500 people from 100-plus families during the month of December.
Boy Scouts from Glen Cove Troop 6, former Girl Scouts from Troop 125 and members of the Glen Cove High School Interact Club held food drives outside Stop & Shop and Holiday Farms. Their hard work resulted in three minivans full of nonperishable items, as well as generous cash donations. DECA club members also held a food drive at school, resulting in 20 large boxes of nonperishable food items.
The East Island Association’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors program spearheaded a collection among its members which netted numerous nonperishable food items, frozen turkeys and cash donations. Assistance also came from individuals who brought their donations to the Glen Cove Public Library, Youth Bureau, First Presbyterian Church and The Atria. Sexy Pop of Sea Cliff provided a large bag of gourmet popcorn for every basket and Youngs Farm generously donated a bountiful supply of fresh vegetables.
Assistance also came from outside Glen Cove. The Youth Bureau was fortunate to receive bountiful food baskets from students at The Green Vale School. Once again, the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection in Glen Head generously donated complete Thanksgiving dinner for 50 families.
Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without a chicken, turkey or ham. The call for meat was generously answered by Glen Cove Anglers Club, Long Island Cares and Island Harvest. The meat was kept fresh with the assistance of Webb Institute, the Glen Cove Fire Department and The Atria, all of which graciously provided freezer space until it was time to distribute the baskets. All of the food was delivered to the families in reusable bags that were donated by Humana.
Thanks to the generosity of many, the November and December holidays were truly a time to give thanks, both for a delicious meal and for the people and groups that made it possible.