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PHOTOS: Marines Bearing Turkeys Storm LI Cares, Island Harvest

U.S. Marines who served in Iraq and Afghanistan help deliver 2,400 turkeys donated by Stop & Shop to Hauppauge-based food banks.

 

U.S. Marines stormed into Long Island Cares's Hauppauge warehouse on Thursday morning to make sure many Long Island families have a Thanksgiving meal next week.

The marines helped unloaded 2,400 frozen turkeys donated by Shop & Stop's Turkey Express Program to Island Harvest and Long Island Cares - The Harry Chapin Food Bank, both in Hauppauge. These turkeys will be sent to food pantries across Suffolk and Nassau counties, paired with food baskets to create holiday meals for needy families.

It is estimated that approximately one-fourth of the food pantries on Long Island are not functioning due ot Hurricane Sandy. 

There are approximately 259,000 people on Long Island are affected by hunger and food insecurity, including 93,000 children, according to LI Cares.

Click through the gallery above to watch the U.S. Marines who have served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan unload the donated turkeys.

Moe November 16, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Awesome! They've already done so much and yet they continue to serve any way they can...Semper Fi
donna smalley November 16, 2012 at 05:39 PM
God bless our troops & be with the hurting. You fellows are His Hands & Heart for them.

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