Social workers from Eastern Suffolk BOCES (ESBOCES) Student Assistance Services collected 2,950 pounds of food during two food drives hosted this month. Gena Marino, an ESBOCES school counselor, organized the events to support the Harry Chapin Food Bank through Long Island Cares, Inc. Student Assistance Services is an ESBOCES program designed to address the social and emotional needs of students by placing professional counselors in schools.
Pamela Gittler, a school social worker from Middle Island, holds a box of donations to be donated to Long Island Cares. All food drive participants were required to wear masks.
Lisa Solomon, a teaching assistant from East Northport, recruited the help of her community to donate 500 pounds of food.
The food drive was set up in the parking lot of Sequoya High School, and donation boxes were placed far enough apart to accommodate social distancing guidelines.