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Long Island Nonprofit Expands Food Bank Delivery Service

Ted Shaffrey

An education and food advocacy organization will expand a program to deliver food to families in need on eastern Long Island during the pandemic.

Organización Latino-Americana, or OLA, of Eastern Long Island has been spending around $10,000 per month on food for families.

Executive Director Minerva Perez says some people just can’t reach food pantries.

“So even though the pantries were doing their very best to stock and restock very quickly and have access points during the crisis, many people did not have any sort of transportation [to get] there. For multiple reasons, maybe there were homebound during the worst parts of the crisis, and some of them still are.”

Homebound families can now call the county’s 311 hotline if they need food delivery from a local food bank.

Jay Shah is a former Long Island bureau chief at WSHU.