East Islip High School’s community food drive, held annually on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, will take place this year on Nov. 15.

Students from the Student Council, STARS and the other school clubs go out into the community to collect frozen turkeys and nonperishable food items on behalf of the needy. Teams of students visit households on their chosen routes on the weekend before the food drive, leaving flyers noting that they will return to those houses on the following Thursday between 5 and 8 p.m. to pick up donated food “trick-or-treat” style. Vehicles from local churches and food pantries will wait at the high school parking lot as the students return with the collected donations. 

East Islip residents who do not receive a flyer are also welcome to contribute on Nov. 15. “We invite the community to drop off any food items they would like to donate at the school by the gym doors,” says student council adviser Frances Li.