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Social Workers Host Food Drive

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.


A woman wearing a blue floral shirt and a rainbow face mask smiles as she holds up a box of non-perishable food

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.

 A woman wearing a face mask appears to be smiling as she puts two boxes of spaghetti into a food drive box

Lisa Solomon, a teaching assistant from East Northport, recruited the help of her community to donate 500 pounds of food.

 People stand in a line 6 feet apart, behind food drive collection boxes

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.