4K meals to be prepared for Huntington residents by local restaurants

HUNTINGTON, NY – Food-insecure residents of the city of Huntington are set to receive 4,000 free meals through a partnership between the Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank of Long Island Cares, St. Hugh of Lincoln’s Church in Huntington Station and three local restaurants, according to a press release from Long Island Cares.

The event is due to take place, rain or shine, at 3 p.m. on March 6 in the St. Hugh of Lincoln parking lot at 21 E. 9th St., Huntington Station.

The food — full meals and ready-to-microwave soups at home — will be prepared by restaurants Huntington Prime and RaCha Thai Cuisine, as well as the Blind Bat Brewery Bistro in Centerport.

Funding for the event was provided by the New York State Restaurant Resilience Program, which awarded Long Island Cares $794,000 in October to purchase meals from qualifying restaurants. Long Island Cares has 24 restaurants participating in its program, ranging from New Hyde Park to Hampton Bays.

Paule Pachter, CEO of Long Island Cares, said the organization was excited about the distribution and grateful to the restaurants that helped.

“Many of our neighbors who struggle to put nutritious food on their family table often don’t.
have the resources to visit a restaurant like Prime, RaCha or Blind Bat Brewery Bistro,” Pachter said. “Being able to take the 4,000 meals that Long Island Cares will distribute will give them that opportunity.

The Restaurant Resilience Program was launched in October and is expected to run through the end of March. It provided 10 New York food banks with $25 million to purchase and distribute restaurant meals to pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.

Governor Kathy Hochul launched the program to help restaurants struggling with the coronavirus pandemic. Pachter pleads for an extension of the program until 2022.

“I hope New York State agrees to extend the Restaurant Resilience Program for a few more months because it has been so successful in providing prepared, delicious meals to so many families,” Pachter said.

Long Island Cares and its member agencies have already distributed more than 23,000 meals to families in need. The Hauppauge organization met with representatives from Hochul and its restaurant partners to discuss the program’s importance to restaurants and people in need of food, according to Pachter.

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