LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — When Jesse Miano, a senior at Sachem North High School in Lake Ronkonkoma raised funds for her school's Thanksgiving Food Drive last fall she had no idea that she'd end up using the surplus to help Long Islanders during a pandemic. But the Robin Hood club raised an extra $6,000 from the drive that the students weren't sure what to do with.
Now Miano has begun using the funds to feed healthcare and other essential workers during the coronavirus crisis. The 2019 food drive raised a record $12,000 and now the leftover money is being used to purchase meals for nearby hospital, post offices and police departments.
Donna Miano, Jesse's mother, told Patch that her daughter came up with the idea to use the funds to purchase meals and bagels from local restaurants and bagel stores to help them, and thank them for their cooperation during the food drive in the fall when many businesses allowed her to raise funds outside of their stores.
"So far she has purchased over 500 meals to be delivered to local hospitals, and several dozen bagels, wraps and donuts to be delivered as well. She will continue to do this for anyone who needs the help or until the money runs out, whichever comes first," Donna Miano said.
Now Jesse Miano has expanded the efforts into a GoFundMe campaign called "Robin Hood Feeding Healthcare Heroes & Others."
"Every donation counts. would really like to be able to continue delivering meals to as many Long Island hospitals as possible," the high school senior wrote.
This article originally appeared on the Sachem Patch
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