The Children’s Museum of the East End is partnering with the Bridgehampton Food Pantry to provide groceries for local families who are experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The museum conducted an online survey of over 50 families who regularly participate in its outreach programming and found that many were out of work as local businesses shut down. None of those who answered had ever sought help from a food pantry prior.
“Many families throughout the East End, particularly in the Spanish-speaking population, have been devastated economically during this health crisis,” said Leah Oppenheimer, the museum’s director of community outreach. “We’re incredibly grateful to work with Tom O’Brien, Eileen Zito, and the Bridgehampton Food Pantry to address some of their immediate needs, namely ensuring everyone has enough to eat.”
CMEE’s mission is “to spark imagination and foster learning for children of all backgrounds and abilities and to build strong connections within the East End community by providing playful experiences.” It’s one of the most visited museums on the East End.
“How can the Children’s Museum further its mission and promote learning through play if families can’t even eat? This is truly an unprecedented time for the East End and it requires all of us to think outside the box,” said Steve Long, the museum’s president. “I really appreciate Tom, Eileen, and other community champions for helping CMEE serve local families when they need our help the most.”
For more information, visit www.cmee.org.