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"Make a Splash" Food Drive Kicks Off in Dix Hills

Residents are encouraged to drop off canned items to the Dix Hills swimming pool.

The "Make A Splash" food drive is in full swing at the Dix Hills swimming pool.

Huntington Town Councilwoman Susan Berland teamed with Island Harvest Monday morning at the Dix Hills Park swimming pool to announce the town's participation for the second year in a row.

The Island Harvest “Make a Splash” Food Drive Challenge is an island-wide competition between municipal swimming pools to see which municipality can collect the most donated food. The food drive begins today and will run through August 12 at the Dix Hills swimming pool.

Berland made the announcement along with Island Harvest representative Doreen Principe, Matt Naples, manager of Dix Hills Park and campers from the Town of Huntington’s Adventure Camp. 

Residents are encouraged to drop off canned vegetables, meats, fish or fruits, soups, sauces, pasta, cereals, formula, spices, coffee, tea and personal care items. Drop off boxes have been placed at various locations within Dix Hills Park.

“This event reminds us that people in our community go hungry all year round and that we have to be motivated to collect food for those in need in the summer months as we do in November and December," Berland said.

Last year, Half Hollow Hills was one of the most giving communities during the food drive, collecting 550 pounds of food. In total, Long Island communities and town pools collected more than 6,900 pounds.

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