Opinion
Rotary President Prakash Pisipati introduced VP John Cuccia who introduced the Feb. 25 meeting's speakers, Cynthia Sucich and Emily Wilensky of the Interfaith Nutrition Network. This not for profit group provides food and shelter for the many homeless and hungry people of Long Island. The group has about 1,500 volunteers and operates 19 soup kitchens. It also operates various shelters. There are 50,000 homeless people on Long Island. It is very easy to go from regular citizen to homeless person in our society. All it takes is a hard blow from life. The soup kitchen in Hempstead serves 400 people a day nutritional five course meals. The speakers ask that people donate food that they don't need and also some personal items such as towels and toiletries. The address of INN is 211 Fulton Ave. Hempstead, NY 11550. The phone is 486-8508. The web site is www.the-inn.org. They will pick up the food in some cases. They get their funding from fundraising and private donations. Attorney Robert Callahan responded for the Rotary. He praised the speakers for communicating their message about the homeless and shaking the average person out of his or her complacency.

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