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Bethpage Turkey Drive Scheduled For Friday

Patch logo Patch 11/19/2020 Michael DeSantis
logo, company name: The 2020 Bethpage Turkey Drive is scheduled for Friday in Bethpage. © Bethpage Federal Credit Union The 2020 Bethpage Turkey Drive is scheduled for Friday in Bethpage.

BETHPAGE, NY — The 12th annual Bethpage Turkey Drive is scheduled for Friday. The event will run from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Main Headquarters Parking Lot, located at 899 S. Oyster Bay Road.

More than 14,000 turkeys are needed to fill the demand for the season to help all of the many Long Islanders this year who can’t afford to purchase a holiday meal for their family. The coronavirus pandemic has only compounded the issue for those in need.

"The holiday season can be especially difficult for our food-insecure neighbors, and the COVID-19 pandemic has had an even greater impact on Long Islanders in need," the news release states. "The Bethpage Turkey Drive collects frozen turkeys and holiday non-perishables so that Island Harvest can provide a meaningful holiday experience to people who struggle with hunger each day."

Long Islanders are asked to donate frozen turkeys, non-perishable food items or make cash donations. These donations will go directly to Island Harvest Food Bank, which will help supply Thanksgiving meals to the more than 300,000 food-insecure Long Islanders through its distribution network of over 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, and other feeding programs on Long Island, according to the release.

Needed non-perishable food items include canned goods, cereal, pasta, rice, boxed juices, and shelf-stable milk (please, no glass containers). Smaller sized frozen turkeys are particularly needed, to accommodate for this year’s smaller family gatherings.

The drop-off will feature a drive-thru no-contact unloading zone.

For those unable to make a donation on Friday, or would rather show their support online,

Bethpage is accepting online monetary donations through the end of the holiday season.

"Our message this year is to support your neighbors!," said Linda Armyn, senior vice president of Bethpage Federal Credit Union. "Countless families continue to have financial struggles. Let’s help them enjoy a holiday meal."

All volunteers will be wearing masks and removing donations directly from car trunks and back seats. Residents will not be allowed to leave their cars.

"The economic upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has created a greater need among Long Islanders seeking food assistance, many for the first time," said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest Food Bank. "We are incredibly grateful to Bethpage Federal Credit Union for their support and generosity throughout the year, and look forward to another successful Bethpage Turkey Drive to help food-insecure families enjoy a more hopeful holiday season."

Island Harvest has distributed more than 11 million pounds of food since the beginning of the pandemic, a 47 percent increase over the same period last year, according to the release. The food bank has assisted more than 400,000 families since March, supplementing approximately 9.4 million meals.

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