St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Islip to hold food donation project/health fair

South Shore University Hospital and Stony Brook University among participants


On Saturday, June 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Islip will be holding a health fair. Visitors can drop off food donations and get a ticket to enter the health fair.

Participants can peruse the nutrition table created by South Shore University Hospital, whose motto is: “Connecting health and nutrition to improve your overall wellness.” They will address such things as healthy eating on a budget, healthy eating for seniors, healthy summertime recipes and more.

People will also be able to get their blood pressure checked by registered nurses; get their glucose monitored by members of Stony Brook University’s Physician Assistant Department; and get a free wellness gift from Little Angel’s Center.

Donation participants will also be able to enter a raffle for products and certificates from Hand & Stone Day Spa for men and women. The public-at-large is encouraged to donate to this non-sectarian event. The event will be held rain or shine; if sunny, it will be in front of the church doors on Montauk Highway and St. Mark’s Lane. People will sign in and be escorted to the Health Fair. If it rains, the event will be held in the office building. (Drive a few feet on St. Mark’s Lane, turn right on the driveway and go all the way down to the triple doors.)

Mother Christina van Liew, St. Mark’s interim-priest-in-charge, said, “Food insecurity on Long Island is a serious problem.” She continued, “Even before COVID, over 250,000 Long Island residents couldn’t put food on the table. Now, especially with challenges like out-of-control inflation and the continuing COVID variants, the numbers have increased by over 50 percent.”

Van Liew added that “every contribution brings hope and eases food insecurity.”

All donations go to God’s Provision, an affiliate of LI Cares-The Harry Chapin Book Bank.

God’s Provision, run by Dana Jahn, distributes food to pantries at churches, shelters, and senior communities throughout Long Island.

Visitors are urged to donate nonperishable foods such as pasta, rice, beans, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, mac and cheese, juice boxes, crackers, cookies, salt, pepper, cake/brownie mixes, canned frosting, canned tuna and chicken, stove-top stuffing, bottled fruit-flavored drinks, oil and vinegar, soup, canned gravy, tomato sauce, condensed milk, pudding (boxed, not prepared) Jell-O, apple sauce, canned vegetables and fruit, cleaning supplies, laundry supplies, tissues, toilet paper, paper towels, kid-friendly treats, toiletries, (non-perishable) baby food, pet foods etc. No dairy, frozen items, or anything that can spoil.

For more information, please call the church office at 631-581-4950. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is located at 754 Montauk Highway (across from the Oconee Diner).


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