On Long Island, Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank not only embodies the legacy of Harry Chapin, but maintains an exceptional array of outreach programming serving the greater LI public. Thursday, November 7th, Christine Brown from LI Cares came to Bethpage High School at the invitation of BHS Student Civic to engage students in an interactive workshop called “Hunger 101.” Students learned the realities of hunger in local communities and were encouraged to “only imagine” how that situation might be “magnified” into various regions of the island, the state, the region, the country and the world. It was an exercise few students and all-too few adults truly realize. Ms Brown continued with a video detailing the programs that have developed from the dream of alleviating hunger so many years ago: food delivery for the elderly, for veterans, an after-school cafe’ for kids with mentoring and nutritious food, as well as supplying food for countless pantries and soup kitchens on Long Island. Students learned how they would deal with certain issues in their lives through role-playing with budgetary constraints, unexpected contrived problems and the choices they would be forced to make when these problems occurred in their families. Many thanks to Student Civic Executive Board for their planning, Ms. Yale, Science Director and Mrs. Mastanduno from the Bethpage community for their participation and encouragement. It is such an inspiration to know and understand the support of colleagues and community. The results of the workshop revealed a new-found understanding, just a touch more empathy about the world around us and hopefully a commitment on the part of others to understand that we are ultimately here for a purpose – to be engaged, be a part of goodness and to take little steps in creating a better world.

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