Food Drive Benefits Local Pet Pantry

Photo/Nassau County Pictured above, from left, are: Dr. Jessica Rosati, Long Island Cares’ chief program officer; Nassau Executive Edward Mangano; and Billy Gonyou, manager of the L.I. Cares February food drive.

Photo/Nassau County

Pictured above, from left, are: Dr. Jessica Rosati, Long Island Cares’ chief program officer; Nassau Executive Edward Mangano; and Billy Gonyou, manager of the L.I. Cares February food drive.

Hundreds of pounds of pet food and supplies will be donated to Baxter’s Pet Pantry, part of Long Island Cares, thanks to the sixth annual Pet Food Drive Challenge.

Nassau Executive Edward Mangano and Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank partnered to host the drive, which took place in February.

Donations will assist Baxter’s Pet Pantry, which formed Long Island Cares formed in 2009 to provide free pet food and supplies to pet-owning families in need in Nassau and Suffolk.

“For many of us our pets are family,” said Mangano. “These pet food items will help feed animals in need, which in turn keeps pets with their loved ones and out of shelters. I thank those who generously donated and participated in this pet food drive.”

To donate pet or regular food items, contact the Freeport Long Island Cares Facility at 516-442-5221.