AFTEE Raises $450,000 for Food for the East End

All for the East End, known as AFTEE, has been working for years to support non-profits on the East End, and this spring they’ve pulled out all the stops, raising more than $450,000 to date in an effort to provide food for the needy throughout the East End.

The fundraising goal is $1 million to address food insecurity on the East End.  

Over $450,000 has been raised, including grants from Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, the William de Kooning Foundation, the Town of Southampton, Nicolette Donen, Clifford Ross and an anonymous donor, as well as many on-line credit card donations.  

“We are incredibly grateful to AFTEE for organizing this mission to get food quickly and efficiently to those most in need in our broader community.  It is an honor to support Feed the Need on behalf of our members and employees,” said Brett Pickett, President of the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. 

Citing a rapidly growing economic crisis related to the Covid-19 pandemic, community, business and government leaders, led by Southampton Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, came together to address food insecurity and other emerging issues on the East End. 

AFTEE, All for the East End, an established non-profit, kicked off the Feed the Need Campaign. The campaign is advised by a Community Outreach Committee, which will include food pantry representation, as well as local elected officials, clergy and business leaders. 

“The shutdown of our economy is necessary for public health, but it’s hitting our workforce hard,” said Mr. Schneiderman. “Food pantries are seeing a surge in families seeking assistance.  Fortunately, those in a strong financial position to weather this storm are opening their hearts and their wallets to help those in need.” 

AFTEE has also partnered with the Long Island Community Foundation to help administer the grant process, which has been streamlined to expedite getting money where it is needed most.  Registered 501C3 organizations can apply for a grant at www.aftee.org.

Food pantries currently participating with AFTEE include the East Hampton, Hampton Bays, Montauk, Sag Harbor and Springs food pantries, Heart of the Hamptons/Sacred Heart Church in Southampton and Community Action Southold Town in Greenport.

All food pantries on the East End are automatically members and can request immediate assistance, according to AFTEE’s website.

“Economically secure residents want to help, but are unsure which agencies they should donate to,” according to the website. “A patchwork of local not-for-profits exist, but only serve small catchment areas. Many residents want to help local workers, but they may not realize that these workers often live in neighboring towns and commute because of a dearth of low and moderately priced housing. The bulk of our area’s workforce lives outside of the area commonly referred to as “The Hamptons,” necessitating a regional approach to fund allocation.”

“I am overwhelmed and gratified to see the amazing generosity that is coming not only to AFTEE, but to many local organizations,” said AFTEE Board President Claudia Pilato. “The need is so great, but we are all working together to help our community.  This is only the beginning of both the effort and the need.” 

For more information or to make a donation visit www.aftee.org 

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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