Nassau County and Island Harvest initiated a pop-up food distribution at Glen Cove High School on Thursday, May 14. The event was the sixth major food distribution organized with the help of Nassau County Office of Emergency Management. Earlier in the month, food was distributed in Hempstead, Uniondale, Freeport, East Meadow and Hicksville.
Dana Boylan, the Nassau County Youth and Family Services executive director of Youth Programs reached out to the Glen Cove Youth Bureau earlier in the week to organize volunteers.
Spiro Tsirkas, the executive director from the Glen Cove Youth Bureau organized dozens of volunteers from his staff and from Friends of the Glen Cove Youth Bureau Board of Directors.
The Glen Cove City School District put out a robocall the evening prior to let students and families know when the event was going to take place.
Other organizations who sent volunteers were the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club, La Fuerza Unida, Glen Cove Downtown BID, Glen Cove Schools, Glen Cove Kiwanis, the North Shore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Interagency Council of Glen Cove, The City of Glen Cove Office of the Mayor and the Glen Cove City Council.
“It was beautiful to see so many from Glen Cove to come together to lend a hand,” Councilman Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews said. “This certainly speaks to the kind of people we have in this city.”
Volunteers also included Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi, state Senator James Gaughran and Assemblyman Chuck Lavine.
Originally intended to take place from noon to 2 p.m., the drive-up food distribution continued until 3:30 p.m., sharing food with over 800 families.