Food Drive

Camps ‘R’ Us Food Drive 2021

Fighting Childhood Hunger on Long Island with Camps ‘R’ Us

 

Overview

Camps ‘R’ Us, in partnership with Long Island Cares, the Harry Chapin Food Bank, and Adventureland’s Helping Hands Foundation, is sponsoring a food drive at its eleven campuses to raise awareness and help Long Islanders who are living with food insecurity.

In addition to an already overwhelming need to provide families with food, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a significant decrease in food donations to Long Island Cares, and its food pantries are in need of help, now more than ever.

 

Food Drive Donations, Dates and Distribution

The 2021 food drive runs from camp opening day, Monday, June 28th, and culminates on Camp Kindness Day, Tuesday, July 20th, when over 1,700 Camps ‘R’ Us Campers and Staff will be hosted by Adventureland for an all campus field trip to Long Island’s Favorite Amusement Park.  

Donations will be accepted at Camps ‘R’ Us campuses through Friday, July 16th, and will be transported to Adventureland by Camps ‘R’ Us Special Operations to be presented to representatives of the Harry Chapin Food Bank. 

Campers and Staff can bring food donations to camp as often as they like, and we are focusing on receiving specific items that Long Island Cares prioritizes (see attached Top 10 Most Needed Items). We are kindly asking that donated products are in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles, and do not require refrigeration. To promote healthy eating, we ask for items that are low in sugar/sodium and free of high fructose corn syrup. Please, no glass jars. For more information, visit www.licares.org.

 

Participation Contest

Adventureland’s Helping Hands Foundation has created a contest, whereby participants who donate a food item to the 2021food drive while at Adventureland will be entered to win a family four pack of Adventureland Season Passes. Participants who make food donations at Adventureland will be given a raffle ticket to complete with their name, date of donation, and email address. The winner will be contacted via email on July 21, 2021.

Camps ‘R’ Us is mirroring this contest at its campuses, whereby Campers and Staff who donate a food item to the 2021 food drive at their Camps ‘R’ Us Campus will be entered to win a family four pack of Adventureland Season Passes. Participants who make food donations at their campus will be given a raffle ticket to complete with their name, date of donation, and email address. The winner will be contacted via email on July 21, 2021.

 

Camp Kindness Day Celebration

On July 20, the camp community will participate in Camp Kindness Day – an event highlighting the practice of intentional kindness that happens every day at American camps. This is an opportunity to raise awareness of the great work that camps are doing to teach kindness in engaging, simple, repeatable, and high impact ways that live on in the daily lives of Campers and Staff members when they return home.

Focusing on our youth and young adults, Camp Kindness Day will help showcase the commitment of the camp community to fostering the core values of kindness, compassion, generosity and care, and integrating those values more fully into every aspect of our society. These values are already part of the fabric of the camp experience. We share the mission for our youth to be nurtured, taught, supported, and inspired to grow into our new generation of kind, compassionate, socially-minded, community-oriented citizens.  

Camp Kindness Day will allow camps to incorporate into their July 20 programming fun theme-based activities and cooperative games, cool projects, and memorable moments which will celebrate the value and impact of kindness. Camps ‘R’ Us has chosen Camp Kindness Day to reflect the culmination of its 2021 Food Drive.

 

About Camps ‘R’ Us, Long Island Cares and Adventureland’s Helping Hands

Camps ‘R’ Us is the largest private summer day camp organization on Long Island, with eleven family owned and operated campuses in Baldwin, Bellmore, Deer Park, East Rockaway, Farmingdale, Hicksville, Melville, St. James, Syosset, Valley Stream and Williston Park. It is accredited by the American Camp Association, and its Founders/Directors are members of the Association of Long Island Camps and Private Schools and the New York State Camp Directors Association. This summer, Camps ‘R’ Us is welcoming nearly 2000 Campers and Staff to enjoy a traditional day camp experience, with a variety of activities, including Sports, Arts & Crafts, Performing Arts, Gaming, Go Karts, GaGa, Swimming, Bowling, Field Trips, Special Events, Theme Days, STEAM activities and more. 

Founded by the late Harry Chapin, Long Island Cares, Inc. brings together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry and food insecure on Long Island and, to the best of its ability, provides for the humanitarian needs of our community. Its goals are to improve food security for families, sponsor programs that help families achieve self-sufficiency, and educate the general public about the causes and consequences of hunger on Long Island. Its vision is “A Hunger Free Long Island”. It provides nutritional food and support services for a network of more than 374 community-based member agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, child care programs, disability organizations, veterans’ services programs and more.

Adventureland’s Helping Hands Foundation was founded with the goal of helping Long Island reach its potential. Since 2013, it has donated nearly $75,000 in scholarships to Long Island students. It has also instituted three annual goods drives at Adventureland: Christmas in July Toy Drive, August School Supply Drive and the Fall Food Drive. Over the past 4 years, it has donated thousands of toys to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, thousands of school supplies to students and programs in Copiague, Amityville, and Wyandanch School Districts, and thousands of pounds of food to local pantries.

 

Additional Information, Press Inquiries and Logos

For more information about the 2021 Food Drive supported by Camps ‘R’ Us, Long Island Cares, and Helping Hands Foundation, please call Jason Turnier, Managing Director of Camps ‘R’ Us, at 516-935-2267 or email info@campsrus.org. 

 

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