Paule Pachter, CEO of LI Cares, along with Chief Program Officer, Jennifer Rosati visited the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County today with cartons of food for some of our families in need. Bob McGuire, Executive Director of CP Nassau and Karen Geller Hittleman, Assistant Executive Director were both on hand to accept a donation check from LI Cares for $2,000 towards the purchase of PPEs and a supply of supermarket gift cards for use at Stop& Shop to be given to families identified by the social work staff as in need of assistance. All at our Agency are so very grateful for this generous outreach and kindness for our own people and for all those that are helped by LI Cares.
Mr. Pachter, in a radio interview on WCBS 880, said that since the pandemic began the Harry Chapin Food Bank has seen more than 120,000 first-time visitors—a 43% increase in traffic this year.
“We’re purchasing about 78% more food than we did last year at this time,” Pachter said. He said an additional 7,000 Thanksgiving meals are being prepared. “Mainly turkeys to families who need them,” he said. The food bank has added dozens of staff members and it’s looking for a second warehouse. Pachter said they’re in good shape to keep meeting the need for at least the next year thanks to an influx of donations. He said the need shows not just the fallout of the pandemic but the economic changes in the region. “When you look at the region that’s known for its ‘affluence,’ and you’re hearing that 400,000 people are food insecure, it really describes the changing face of suburbia,” Pachter said. “There are people that have a lot and there are people that have nothing.”