National Grid employee volunteers distributed turkeys and other food items to families in need at the North Fork Spanish Apostolate office on Nov. 18.

The North Fork Spanish Apostolate partnered with National Grid on Friday to give food to families in need for Thanksgiving.

Around 100 families received food, which included either a turkey, ham or chicken with potatoes and vegetables, as well as a box mix to make a dessert. The food was distributed by volunteer National Grid employees.

Kathleen Wisnewski, National Grid’s director of customer and community engagement, said the event is part of the energy company’s Season of Giving events, which also includes donating clothing and food to other nonprofit and community organizations in need.

This is the fourth event of its kind with the North Fork Spanish Apostolate, Wisnewski said, and is also part of a National Grid’s Project C initiative to support communities in New York.

Supervisor Yvette Aguiar and State Senator Anthony Palumbo made an appearance at the event. Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski stopped in to donate fall harvest vegetables grown on his farm.

National Grid consumer advocates were also on site to inform people about energy assistance programs, such as the federal Fuel Assistance/Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and the Energy Affordability Program. National Grid also committed $6 million recently to create the Hope and Warmth Energy Fund, which provides a $200 grant during the winter heating season to customers who are unable to qualify under the HEAP income eligibility guidelines but still need emergency assistance.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: