The Long Island Pharmacist Society (LIPS) has joined together with rock CAN roll to offer a prescription to fight hunger on Long Island and to honor the memory of Bill Mantel, a pharmacist who contracted corona virus in March and passed away on April 17. The collection boxes at the participating pharmacies have been generously supplied by Rx REVERSE.
The inspiration for the food drive came to Rockville Center pharmacist Howard Jacobson who wanted to honor his friend’s memory. He reached out to Aimee Holtzman, the founder of rock CAN roll for her assistance in organizing, distributing and collecting the sorely needed items that will be donated at the local pharmacies over the next few weeks.
The Pharm Aid Food Drive will begin on August 29th and continue through Saturday, September 12th at participating pharmacies. On Sunday, September 13 between 2pm and 5pm a parade of pharmacists will drive by and drop off the donations at The Plainview Family Pharmacy. Social distancing protocols will be in effect. Masked and gloved Rock CAN Roll volunteers will be onsite to unload donations. A list of participating pharmacies will be posted on social media.
Following guidelines set by the CDC, all participants participating will be required to wear face masks and practice social distancing. The safety of our pharmacists, volunteers and the generous donors is our number one priority.
In addition to non perishable food items, Pharm Aid is hoping to provide assistance in collecting basic necessities such as face masks, soap, sanitizers, wipes, and other personal items such as toothpaste, mouthwash, etc. that can be distributed at local food banks for distribution.
The Long Island Pharmacist Society
With over 200 member pharmacies, the aim of the Society is to unite the pharmacists of Long Island for mutual assistance, encouragement, and improvement in order to maintain the standard of pharmacy practice at a high professional and ethical level.
About Rock CAN Roll
Rock CAN Roll, Inc., is a volunteer, 501c3, nonprofit, hunger relief organization based on Long Island. Our message is simple: You CAN Help Out While You Rock Out! We collaborate with rock concerts, TV & Films productions, schools, corporations, and private individuals to collect healthy food (for people and pets) and basic necessities. Goods are distributed to local emergency food agencies and into the hands of folks who live with hunger and thought they'd been forgotten. You CAN Help Out While You ROCK OUT!
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