For several weeks, members of Northport High School’s humanitarian group, “Students for 60,000,” have volunteered to feed hundreds of families in need at the local food pantry in Huntington Station.
Students worked alongside members from Huntington-based not-for-profit organization Housing Help Inc., local churches — including Temple Beth El of Huntington, St. Hugh of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church of Cold Spring Harbor — as well as Suffolk County Police Department Second Precinct police officers.
In an email, club adviser Darryl St. George explained that the students witnessed first-hand how overwhelming and unsettling the spectrum of need is and how drastically it can increase each day. “It is growing day by day,” he said.
While volunteering, St. George even recognized families, who just a few short months ago, were volunteering their own time to help families in need. Volunteers also provided food to families who have been dependent on sustenance from the food pantry since before the pandemic, but now find themselves “praying that they can get at least one hot meal for the day,” St. George said.
“We have said, we are all going through this storm and we are all impacted by this pandemic, but we certainly are not all in the same boat,” St. George said. “Students for 60,000 has traveled the world and country helping those in need and one day we will resume those trips, but right now our neighbors are in urgent need and we have a moral obligation to help. It is our mission.”
Photos courtesy of Northport-East Northport Union Free School District