The Ethical Humanist Society of LI is collecting vegan non-perishable food for distribution to provide much needed food and supplies to the Long Island community.
Ryan Capone, a senior at Oyster Bay High School and a member of the Ethical Society, is coordinating the drive for Community Solidarity, a nonprofit, grassroots movement that is focused on eliminating hunger, poverty, and homelessness; Community Solidarity also is the largest vegan hunger relief program in the United States.
“What made an impression on me and moved me to do this collection is the long lines at the local food share site,” Capone said.
For vegans, he said, the search for food is especially difficult. People follow veganism for many reasons, including health, animal welfare concerns, and environmental impact concerns. Also, people adhering to a vegan diet have very few options for support.
Capone has received a grant from the Joe and Rhoda Weill Social Action Fund of the Ethical Society which will be used to purchase needed items.
Donations can be dropped off at the Ethical Humanist Society, 38 Old Country Road Garden City, on Sept. 18 and Oct. 2, between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Contact Capone at VeganFoodDrive@gmail.com with any food drive questions or to volunteer.