Huntington YRs Host Veterans Food Drive

The Huntington Young Republicans club held their Third Annual ‘Our Town, Our Vets’ Food Drive on Saturday, July 14 throughout the Township of Huntington. With the help of over a dozen volunteers, the organization spent the day soliciting food donations at four local supermarkets: the Wild by Nature of Huntington Village, the Best Market of East Northport, the Best Market of Huntington Station, and the King Kullen of Huntington Station.

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The event was a huge success and thanks to the hundreds of community members who supported this cause, the Huntington Young Republicans successfully collected over 1,700 pounds of food. Ultimately, the food was donated to the Long Island Cares Harry Chapin Food Bank & Humanitarian Center in Huntington Station. The food is earmarked to be utilized for the men and
women who have served our nation who reside in the Huntington area.

Huntington Young Republicans Club President Samuel Bifulco explained, “We believe that it is our duty and our responsibility to get out there and make a difference in our community. Whether that be helping the homeless or the less fortunate, giving back to various non-profit organizations in the area, or a donating time to a very special cause near and dear to our hearts,
our local veterans.”

Idalia Boczek, Program Center Manager added, “The Veterans of the Harry Chapin Food Bank & Humanitarian Center are grateful to the Huntington Young Republicans for the amazing donation. The drive generated 1,703 pounds. The items were stocked in an additional rack specifically for the Veterans. This past Tuesday, July 17th was Military Appreciation Tuesday. We set aside Tuesdays so our Military families can socialize with other Military families who understand where they’ve been, while picking up greatly needed food and household supplies. When we explained that they were to select additional grocery items (that didn’t count towards their weekly allowance), the Veterans were very grateful. Receiving additional groceries this week and for the following week or so has made and will make a big difference in their lives. Thank you Huntington Young Republicans!”

Bifulco continued, “One of the major reasons we do this food drive is whether you are a liberal or conservative, democrat or republican, black or white, gay or straight; everyone can acknowledge that the veterans of our country are the backbone of our society, and we are forever indebted to their service. This concept truly showed as hundreds of community members of all backgrounds and political affiliations helped us collect over 1,700 pounds of food for our veterans.”

The Huntington Young Republicans are a dynamic group of young professionals between the ages of 18-35 who engage their community through social, networking, educational, and charitable opportunities. Whether you live and breathe politics, or are just looking for a place to meet some like-minded young professionals - the Young Republicans of Huntington is a big tent
community organization that has a place for everyone.

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