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  1. AFTEE Delivers Refrigeration to Local Food Pantries

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    AFTEE, All for the East End, delivers refrigerators and freezers to local food pantries in collaborative effort with local Lions Club and the Town of Southampton

    The COVID 19 pandemic has put a tremendous burden on East End Food Pantries working hard to keep up with the demand.  One major problem facing many pantries is finding enough refrigeration and freezer capacity to store Food Bank deliveries of fresh meat, poultry and produce.  AFTEE, All for the East End reached out to the Town of Southampton for help and they offered a storage room off the kitchen in the Bridgehampton Senior Center.  AFTEE also enlisted the help of the Bridgehampton Lions Club who offered to foot the bill for the 5 units and made a donation to AFTEE for $10,945.00.  Now, three nearby pantries, Sag Harbor Pantry, Bridgehampton Pantry and the Bridgehampton Child Care Center will use the units to help “Feed the Need”.

    “The Town of Southampton is pleased to support this effort and provide space at the Bridgehampton Senior Center for the refrigerators and freezers for the pantries during this time of need,” said Southampton Town Housing and Community Services Director, Dian Weir.  “We thank the Lions Club and AFTEE for their generosity.”

    “This project is a great example of how AFTEE benefits the community,” said AFTEE President Claudia Pilato.  “Because AFTEE is in touch with pantries across the East End we are able to identify similar challenges.  Providing refrigeration with the help of the Bridgehampton Lions Club, at a shared site was a real collaboration that is both efficient and cost effective.”

     John Battle, President of the Bridgehampton Lions Club said, “We are happy to help AFTEE with their “Feed the Need” campaign.  We know the pantries are working overtime to help many in our community get through this terrible time.”

    The purchase and donation of the refrigerator and freezer will double our food capacity,” said Tom White the Executive Director of the Bridgehampton Food Pantry.  “It’s a godsend to receive such a wonderful set up especially at such a strange time in our world.”

     
    “I am overwhelmed with gratitude that during these trying times, our community has come together for the Center’s food pantry, and so many others,” said Bonnie Michelle Cannon, Executive Director of the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center.  “We are all in this together.  Having adequate refrigeration and freezer space will allow us to store and offer more meats, chicken and freezer items to our families in need.  We went from serving 70 people a month before the pandemic to serving 700 individuals a week during the pandemic, with no end in sight.”

    AFTEE, a unique 501(c)(3) organization was founded in 2012 and is working to support the non-profit community of Long Island’s East End. The Feed the Need Campaign is currently addressing issues of food instability and other concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. The AFTEE Fund in the Long Island Community Foundation along with its advisors, manages the grants process to ensure transparency and administers the fund disbursements. Learn more about the work of AFTEE and the Long Island Community Foundation.

    For more information or to make a donation visit www.aftee.org or write info@aftee.org

  2. AFTEE Presents Show Time in Southampton

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    Reimagining the drive-in movie & live music experiences during a time of social distancing.

  3. AFTEE Supports Quail Hill’s Innovative Farm to Pantry Initiative

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    New program underwrites support for Quail Hill Farm produce to be provided to The Center’s Food Pantry program during the 2020 growing season.

    All For The East End (AFTEE) and the Long Island Community Foundation (LICF) announce a new grant of $25,000 to underwrite a pilot Farm to Food Pantry program that will provide fresh, locally grown produce to those in need as a result of the ongoing health and economic crisis brought on by Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

    For over 65 years, the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center has served local families and senior citizens in our community through a diverse set of programming that provides education and enrichment to children, teens, and adults, as well as an onsite food pantry.

    Thanks to the grant, Quail Hill Farm, a stewardship project of the Peconic Land Trust, will provide produce to The Center, at no cost that would otherwise have been sold to local restaurants, also hit hard by the pandemic. The farm, one of the original Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in the U.S., is located in Amagansett, New York, on land donated to the Peconic Land Trust by Deborah Ann Light. Since it was established in 1990, Quail Hill Farm has grown to 35 acres, serving over 250 families.  It cultivates crops using organic practices on Deep Lane and Town Lane in Amagansett.

    Through this new Farm to Food Pantry program, The Center will provide more food to additional families in need by redirecting funds normally spent on fresh produce toward the purchase of shelf stable goods, meat and dairy, personal household goods and toiletries. In addition, produce that is harvested and delivered same-day or next-day straight from a local farm will offer the benefit of a longer shelf life compared to produce that is trucked greater distances.  Plus, it supports the local economy with a much smaller carbon footprint.

    The program began to take shape when a member of Quail Hill Farm made a $5,000 gift to initiate a way to get fresh produce from the farm to people in need.  After reaching out to The Center about a potential collaboration, Trust and farm staff put together a budget that would cover the costs to provide fresh produce to The Center over an 18-week period for 350 – 450 people per week. The estimated budget is $55,000.  The AFTEE grant will underwrite 9 weeks of the program, covering the direct costs of planting, harvesting, packaging, and delivering the produce.  With $30,000 now in hand, the Trust is currently seeking to raise the $25,000 balance from private donors to cover the full 18-week program.

    “We are delighted to help this ambitious pilot program and we hope it serves as a model for other farms to participate in helping our pantries,” said AFTEE Board President, Claudia Pilato.  “In less than three months, AFTEE has raised close to $1-million dollars and we have given more than half of it to the East End pantries and other organizations that have stepped forward to help our community during the Pandemic.  Our hope is that the Quail Hill Farm to pantry program will grow each year and it will be joined by other farms providing fresh local produce to those who do not have easy access to healthy food.”

    “While often invisible to some East End residents and vacationers, hunger is an unfortunate reality for countless individuals in our community.  The pandemic has caused an exponential spike in the number of people that are in dire need of such a basic human necessity … food,” said David Okorn, Executive Director, Long Island Community Foundation. The Long Island Community Foundation is proud to be partnering with AFTEE to address food insecurity in the five East End Towns.  This pilot program between Quail Hill Farm and Bridgehampton Childcare provides such a unique opportunity to assist nearly 500 people a week with nutritious fresh produce.”

    “We are so grateful to AFTEE and LICF for their willingness to think outside the box and fund this unique and collaborative pilot program between the Trust, our Quail Hill Farm, and The Center. This has happened very quickly, and we are proud to be helping the people most in need within our community by providing them with fresh, local food.  It is a win-win for everyone and serves as a model for other farms and organizations to work together during this unprecedented crisis,” said Trust President John V.H. Halsey.

    “We are so excited about this unique community partnership. Before the pandemic, our food pantry was feeding approximately 70 individuals per month. We are now feeding about 450 individuals per week. The need is great, and the heart of this community is rising to the occasion. We are so grateful to AFTEE and LICF. This will be such a blessing for our families. Thank you,” said Bonnie Michelle Cannon, Executive Director, BHCCRC

    “I’m deeply honored to embark on this new project with Bonnie and the entire staff at The Center. We have examined our role as a community farm during this pandemic, a time that has broadened inequities for so many. By digging deeper into this mission, we saw an opportunity to broaden our distribution while committing to food justice and racial equity in our local food system. Furthermore, while most mixed-vegetable growers on the South Fork orient their production schedule around a narrow summertime marketing window, we are now able to extend that window considerably, while feeding local families. It’s a win-win,” said Layton Guenther, Director, Quail Hill Farm.

    Peconic Land Trust and Quail Hill Farm: Founded in 1983, Peconic Land Trust conserves Long Island’s working farms, natural lands, and heritage. Since its inception, the nonprofit Trust has worked conscientiously with landowners, communities, all levels of government, partner organizations, and donors, to conserve over 13,000 acres of land on Long Island. While working to conserve the productive farms, watersheds, woodlands, and beachfront of Long Island, the Trust is also protecting the unique rural heritage and natural resources of the region. Established in 1990, The Trust’s Quail Hill Farm is on 35 acres generously donated to the Trust by Deborah Ann Light in Amagansett, NY. Over the farm’s history, more than 120 farm apprentices have been trained – with many of those still engaged in farming today. Training apprentices and providing share members with informational resources on the issues of soil health, our seed supply, food security and sustainable, and organic farming practices is a central part of the farm’s mission. For more information visit peconiclandtrust.org.

    AFTEE, a unique 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2012 and is working to support the non-profit community of Long Island’s East End by providing an accessible source of funding.  The Feed the Need Campaign is currently addressing issues of food instability and other concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Long Island Community Foundation partners with AFTEE to manage the grant process to ensure transparency, and administers the fund disbursements.  The AFTEE grant advisory committee includes one member from each of the five East End towns.  Learn more about the work of AFTEE and the Long Island Community Foundation.

    For more information or to make a donation visit www.aftee.org or write info@aftee.org

     

  4. AFTEE and the Sag Harbor American Music Festival Premier “The Best Jams”

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    Bridgehampton, New York (May 18, 2020). AFTEE, Feed the Need -“The Best Jams” is helping support our East End Community one song at a time.  All for the East End (AFTEE) and the Sag Harbor American Music Festival present this one hour special, a virtual concert featuring select, iconic musicians from the East End! These unique jam sessions benefit AFTEE’s “Feed the Need” campaign, asking viewers to donate during the program. Funds raised support food instability and other emerging needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

    This one hour show airs on Saturday June 6th at 8pm and a second time on Sunday June 7th at 8pm on LTV, Facebook/Instagram Live and YouTube. Featured musicians include: Dante Mazzetti, Gene Casey, Hoodoo Loungers, Inda Eaton, Jake Lear, Joe Delia, Ludmilla Brazil, Mama Lee Rose, Nancy Atlas, Points East, Sara Hartman, The 2nd Hands and Winston Ire.

    The concert will also include special appearances by Loudon Wainwright III, Randy Brecker & Ada Rovatti and more TBA*.(* Artists subject to change)

    Complete details at www.aftee.org  and www.sagharbormusic.org

    Recording artist Sara Hartman, who grew up in Sag Harbor, will be one of the participants. “I have been reading headlines about the pain in NY, it has been hurting my soul. I live halfway across the world, an Atlantic ocean away, Berlin is my city but Sag Harbor is still my hometown. I think it is incredibly honorable and important to be organizing and holding events like these. It is important to know your neighbors, to reach out and be kind to the people in your local area, said Hartman.” I do believe we can affect real change, do REAL good, if it starts small.”

    East End performer Gene Casey is also looking forward to this special event. “Musicians and artists are always ready to lend a hand for a good cause and in 2020 we have a whopper of a cause, right here at home,” said Casey.  “We applaud the work “All for the East End” does and are excited that the Sag Harbor American Music Festival has teamed up for this event and are thankful and honored to be a part.”

    To date, AFTEE has granted more than $300,000.00 to local pantries, including “Heart of the Hamptons”, Montauk Pantry, East Hampton Pantry, The Springs Pantry, Sag Harbor Pantry, St. Rosalie’s Church, Cast in Southold and Blaze Church in Flanders.  .

    “We are very grateful to the local artists who are generously coming together to support food pantries and other organizations working tirelessly to make sure no one goes hungry. Demands are five times higher than usual due to the loss of jobs and income during the coronavirus shutdown,” says AFTEE President Claudia Pilato.  “This need for financial support will last well into the future.  AFTEE is committed to being here for the East End, and we thank the entire East End community for being part of the AFTEE team.”

    The Sag Harbor America Music Festival, SHAMF, is producing the event, along with Joe Lauro of the Hoodoo Loungers and his company Historic Films, which will edit and produce the video.

    “Bringing people together through music is what we are about. We are thrilled to be of service to AFTEE, helping raise awareness and funds for Feed the Need while connecting these iconic “local” performers directly to our community,” said Kelly Connaughton Dodds, President and Co-Artistic Director of SHAMF.

    About SHAMF:

    Local to Global, Jazz and Blues, Folk and Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, Americana and more. Now celebrating ten years, the Sag Harbor American Music Festival has brought a wide range of music to the masses.  The Festival includes 3 Main Stage evening concerts and 2 full days of FREE music. Local galleries, restaurants and businesses serve as intimate venues along with outdoor stage locations, offering a wide variety of performances during the Festival weekend. The daytime venues are free and open to the public, with costs covered by sponsorships and donations.

    AFTEE, a unique 501(c)(3) organization was founded in 2012 and is working to support the non-profit community of Long Island’s East End. The Feed the Need Campaign is currently addressing issues of food instability and other concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. The AFTEE Fund in the Long Island Community Foundation along with its advisors, manages the grants process to ensure transparency and administers the fund disbursements. Learn more about the work of AFTEE and the Long Island Community Foundation.

    For more information or to make a donation visit www.aftee.org or write info@aftee.org

  5. Innovative AFTEE Program Uses Restaurant Workers to Help Pantries

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    Bridgehampton, New York (May 11, 2020). In an effort to help East End food pantries meet the growing staffing demand created by the increased numbers served by pantries, restaurant workers and other employees earning paychecks under the Federal Government’s PPP (Payroll Protection Plan) are stepping in to lend a helping hand. An initiative program created by AFTEE’s Feed the Need Campaign utilizes restaurant workers from Sabrosa Mexican Grill in Water Mill and employees from SYS (Southampton Youth Services) to help volunteers at the “Heart of the Hamptons” food pantry. The pilot program, which starts this week, is expected to be expanded to other areas, with additional restaurant/pantry partnerships in the near future.

    “While NYS is temporarily on shutdown, Sabrosa is happy to participate in this program using our employees at the local food pantry,” said restaurant owner Donna Andreassi. The Sabrosa team is committed to helping our community and this will allow us to do our part to help those in need at this difficult time.”

    Two workers from SYS (Southampton Youth Services) will also participate in the new swap program. “We know these pantries are tapped out, many of their volunteers are elderly and are forced to stay home, while we have employees earning paychecks who are more than able and willing to step up,” said Scott Johnson the Executive Director of SYS. “This is a no brainer and while SYS remains closed, we are more than happy to help the pantries.”

    The new program begins Tuesday, May 12th at 10am with workers loading grocery bags, and then returning on Wednesday for pantry distribution day at “Heart of the Hamptons” in Southampton. Hilton Crosby, Executive Director of Heart of the Hamptons said, “We are eager to see how this all works out! We are so grateful for the cooperation from so many businesses and organizations.”

    The restaurant swap program is expected to expand throughout the East End. Restaurant owners and other business owners who would like to help staff the pantries should email info@aftee.org.

    AFTEE, a unique 501(c)(3) organization was founded in 2012 and is working to support the non-profit community of Long Island’s East End. The Feed the Need Campaign is currently addressing issues of food instability and other concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. The AFTEE Fund in the Long Island Community Foundation along with its advisors, manages the grants process to ensure transparency and administers the fund disbursements. Learn more about the work of AFTEE and the Long Island Community Foundation.

    For more information or to make a donation visit www.aftee.org or write info@aftee.org