This Thanksgiving, while the fortunate are preparing to enjoy full meals, others are struggling to get by. Here are four places to give back this season through the gift of volunteering.
East Hampton Food Pantry (159 Pantigo Road) serves more than 300 families each week through its East Hampton and satellite Amagansett locations. It participates in food distribution every Tuesday from 1 to 6 PM, and volunteers are encouraged to arrive as early as 10 AM. Visit www.easthamptonfoodpantry.org.
East Hampton Meals on Wheels delivers meals Monday through Friday to homebound residents in the area. Volunteers ideally commit to a single morning per weekday by meeting at Dreesen’s on 15 Lumber Lane in East Hampton at 10:15 AM and finishing around 12 PM. Learn more at www.ehmealsonwheels.org.
Community Action-Southold Town (CAST) serves North Fork families struggling to meet their basic needs. It takes volunteers for food pick-ups, unloading, organization, and preparing the bags. Visit www.castsoutholdtown.org.
The Southampton Animal Shelter in Hampton Bays is collecting wet and dry dog/cat food for the four-legged friends in need through November 30. See the most requested items at www.southamptonanimalshelter.org.
It’s truly the season of giving at Church of the Harvest (572 Raynor Avenue, Riverhead) with a completely free Thanksgiving dinner from 11 AM to 2 PM. The organization will also offer pick-up and drop-off transportation and meal delivery. Call 631-727-1977to volunteer.