Written by Vinny Messana Saturday, 13 April 2013 00:00
Nancy Regan, a social studies teacher at Mineola High School who has been an integral part of Long Island’s effort to help end hunger, recently held the schools 2nd Annual “Mineola Making a Difference” fundraiser at the high school. All the profits are sent to the Mary Brennan INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) in Hempstead.
“Our focus is ending childhood hunger,” said Regan. “We do a whole semester on ending hunger.” Mineola high encourages its students to get involved in the community. It has had food drives, delivered sandwiches to the INN and held awareness programs.
The school works closely with the INN, and a number of students volunteer there. For just a $5 donation, everyone in attendance was able to get a pasta dinner, salad, soda and desserts. All the food that was distributed at the event was donated or cooked by teachers and students at Mineola.
“Every dime we make goes to the INN,” said Regan. “There’s no costs, no operating expenses.” They were able to fund the events through their grant of $5,000, which they received from Sodexo Foundation.
Sodexo is a not-for-profit foundation that was established in 1999. According to its website, more than 50 million people are at risk for hunger daily, including 16 million children. Its STOP Hunger programs spans six continents and 42 countries.
It also supports innovative programs that help children and families who are at risk for hunger. The event had a very impressive attendance. There were more than 300 people at last year’s events and the number appeared to be about the same this year.