It’s no secret that kids need food. But they also require socialization, recreation, and education.
At Patchogue-Medford Youth & Community Services, they’re providing just that.
“We have a food pantry, we provide counseling services, we have after-school recreation programs, school supply assistance, a summer camp program, the list goes on and on,” said Executive Director Karen Drago.
Whether it’s learning recipes in cooking class, planting veggies, or performing science experiments, Pat-Med Youth’s goal is to encourage children to socialize in a fun way after being isolated for so long, while also receiving education and recreation that kids need to grow.
Toni, who’s worked intake at Pat-Med Youth for nearly five years, has seen lots of faces. She also understands the importance of going above and beyond for kids in need.
“Our clients are so happy when we can provide them with things like masa flour, black beans, and other items that they want to use and cook with, and that’s so important to us. I love that we can ask Long Island Cares for specific goods and our clients do too.”