Bridgehampton, New York (May 4, 2020). In less than 2 weeks, AFTEE Feed the Need has distributed nearly $200,000 in grants to east end pantries and non-profit organizations addressing food insecurity. In addition to $100,000 distributed to 4 pantries last week, another $95,000 was approved by the Grant Advisory Committee, and will be distributed to Blaze Church in Flanders, Cast in Greenport, The East End Food Institute in East Hampton, Church of the Harvest in Riverhead, Montauk Food Pantry and Heart of the Hamptons in Southampton.
It is inspiring to see the relentless work of these organizations as they strive to make sure our friends and neighbors can continue to feed their families,” said Claudia Pilato, AFTEE Board President. “The outpouring of generosity from both large and small donors has allowed AFTEE to distribute the funds where they are most needed. We have to keep in mind that this is not a one-shot and out deal. We are in this for the long-term. The problems we are dealing with today will continue for many months, even years.” Pilato noted.
One of the recent recipients of the AFTEE ‘Feed the Need’ funding is Blaze Church in Flanders. The church held its first weekly Drive-Thru pantry last week. Pastor Keith Indovino said, “it was a huge success. We served 325 people with 200 bags of groceries within 35 minutes. Unfortunately, we had to turn away 175 people. Our goal is hold the Drive-Thru for the next 3 Thursdays at 1pm, and to be able to feed more people each week. For us, it’s one of the basic principles, ‘Love thy neighbor as thy self’ and ‘feed the hungry’. The Aftee grant is critical to our ability to buy enough food to feed everyone who needs it.”
Non-profit organizations can submit grant requests at www.aftee.org. The grant advisory committee, working with LICF and the AFTEE fund meets and review grants weekly. Donations continue to come into the fund and can be made on-line.
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.
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