Anton’s Food Drive Helps The INN

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Anton staff presents the items collected in the food drive to The INNs Executive Director Jean Kelly. Pictured, from left: (kneeling) Betsy Abraham, Jennifer Fauci; (standing) Dave Gil de Rubio, Christina Claus, Steve Mosco, Lynn Siscaretti, Christy Hinko, Darrie Dolan, Tom Baade, Jean Kelly, Iris Picone, Kimberly Dijkstra, Frank Virga, Joe Catrone and Nicole Lockwood. Not pictured: Elizabeth Johnson, who organized the drive. (Photo by Frank Rizzo)

Anton Media Group held a post-holiday food drive in partnership with the Mary Brennan Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) Soup Kitchen during the month of January right up to Super Bowl weekend.

Anton’s publisher Angela Susan Anton said, “We at Anton always try to help those in need. This is the time of year to hold a food drive because the shelves of the food pantry empty after the holidays. We are pleased to be able to give back to the community in this way and thank the Mary Brennan INN for all the good they do.”

The Anton readership, which covers most of Nassau County, received the message and provided a tremendous outpouring of support. Hundreds of pounds of nonperishable food items, towels and toiletries were collected at the Anton’s Mineola and Port Washington offices. Dime Savings Bank on Port Boulevard in Port Washington, Sportime in Roslyn and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Manhasset were the three satellite drop-off locations involved outside of Anton Media Group. Many thanks to Diane Chagall, branch manager of Dime, Dr. Kathy Levinson of Coldwell Banker and Prinzipia Duggan of Sportime for their generosity allowing food drop offs at their location.

The INN addresses the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island by providing food, shelter, long-term housing and supportive services in a dignified and respectful manner for those who seek help.

“I know that the guests of the Mary Brennan INN will appreciate the items we have collected and donated, especially at this time of year,” said Frank Virga, president of Anton Media Group.

Executive Director Jean Kelly was on hand at Anton to thank the staff for their generosity.

“Thank you so much for hosting the food drive, which will be a great help for us at this time. Thanks also for the wonderful opportunity to let everyone know how generous, thoughtful and caring all of you have been towards your neighbors in need,” said Kelly. “I don’t think people realize how many people are behind the scenes in getting their local news out to them. It is truly inspiring that you would all take the time to donate to this cause.”

The need of the hungry is constant. To help The INN, donations are accepted at the Mary Brennan INN soup kitchen Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 100 Madison Ave. off of Peninsula Blvd. in Hempstead.

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.

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