COVID-19 and its ongoing impact on people living paycheck to paycheck or, worse, with no income at all, makes this holiday season bleaker than ever. Food insecurity can be invisible but it’s rampant among families and individuals throughout Long Island, which is why The Salvation Army Greater NY Division will be preparing an enormous Thanksgiving feast for an unprecedented number of sit-down and meals-to-go during Thanksgiving week.
Turkeys are predicted to be in short supply this year, but The Salvation Army is set to distribute approximately 4,430 turkeys, which translates to 53,000 pounds of turkey. The massive holiday effort will reach to dozens of communities beyond New York City. Since COVID-19 first hit in March of 2020, The Salvation Army GNY Division has provided more than 7.8 million meals to those in need, and it will continue to make sure individuals and families have a hot, nutritious Thanksgiving meal this year.
The following is a list of additional Salvation Army Corps locations throughout Long Island, where meals will be distributed and/or served next week and throughout Thanksgiving week:
Select Events on Long Island:
- Freeport Citadel Corps is distributing meals on Tuesday, November 23.
- Hempstead Corps is distributing pantry bags with turkeys.
- Westbury Corps is providing fresh produce and coats.
- East Northport Corps will host a Thanksgiving meal on Friday, November 19 and a basket distribution on Tuesday, November 23.
- Riverhead Corps is distributing meals on Tuesday, November 23 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
ABOUT THE SALVATION ARMY GREATER NEW YORK DIVISION
An integral part of the community for 132 years, The Salvation Army Greater New York Division operates more than 100 community and social-service programs, serving more than one million people a year, regardless of race, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation. Since COVID-19, it has served more than 7.8 million meals. For more information visit salvationarmyny.org.