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.