It’s no secret that the economic turmoil caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has affected all of us, but the impact that some may not notice is the long, hundreds of thousands of people. The need is growing and growing among islanders.
According to the Island Harvest Food Bank, which provides food and other resources to people in need on Long Island, there were more than 300,000 long islanders with food insecurity before the onset of Covid-19. The number is increasing. In Nassau and Suffolk counties, older people are dramatically affected by Covid-19, with older people and those in severe health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes being the most vulnerable, according to the Long Island United Way. is. As a result, I couldn’t shop, cook, or take proper care.
One of Long Island’s largest private trade unions, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1049, with more than 4,200 members, is a plate by actively supporting the Long Island community during these turbulent times. It is one of the long island organizations that step up to. .. Pat Guidice, Business Manager at IBEW Local 1049, said: “It’s important that long islanders come together to help people in communities that are often overlooked.
“In addition to handling National Grid and PSEG utility work [Public Service Enterprise Group], Our devoted members of Long Island also play an important role in supporting the Long Island community. In Covid’s pandemic, countless older people are still trapped in their homes, leaving hundreds of thousands unable to feed their families. Our members are working hard to make a difference, “Guidice continued.
In September, the United Way of Long Island addresses the unmet health and social needs of older people who may be isolated and not caring for themselves as part of the Safe at Home Seniors program. Essentials Supply Drive has started. The 1049 local members are working closely with United Way to collect personal belongings for the vulnerable elderly who continue to evacuate.
“Thanks to Pat and his team of union for participating in the United Way of Long Island Senior Essential Drive. The items collected are great for the lives of older people across Long Island. It will have an impact, “said Teresa A. Legnante, President and CEO of United Way in Long Island.
Island Harvest Food Bank recently hosted the annual Bethpage Turkey Drive, launching Long Island’s annual food drive season. Local 1049 supported turkey drives and helped many Long Island families enjoy Thanksgiving holiday meals.