The effort to raise money to help Patchogue restaurants feed hospital workers battling COVID-19 has ended, with a whopping $40,000-plus being raised.

Over $30,000 was raised through a greaterpatchogue.com’s online fundraiser, with additional $5,000 donations from Teachers Federal Credit Union and the Knapp-Swezey Foundation. There were also checks from other sources.

The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce restaurant committee coordinated efforts to deliver food daily. The idea was to boost the spirits of staffers at Stony Brook University Medical Center and Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue.

All the money was directed to the chamber’s nonprofit arm, the Greater Patchogue Foundation, for distribution to the restaurants.

The money helped restaurants keep the lights on during pandemic, as they rotated delivering food to Stony Brook and LICH for over a month.

“Our chamber’s restaurant committee once again proved to be exceptional community leaders and a model of business collaboration for the greater good,” said the chamber’s executive director, David Kennedy. “A huge thanks also goes to Mike White of Greater Long Island who led the fundraising efforts on our behalf.”

“This was a true community-wide effort that speaks volumes to who we are in Patchogue,” he added. “I want to express my sincere gratitude for everyone who donated, no matter the amount.”

Photo: Donatina pizza being delivered to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue last month. (Credit: Donatina on Facebook)

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