The seaside towns at the east end of Long Island, New York, are playgrounds for the rich in summer, but off-season life for permanent residents can be a struggle
Maria is sitting on a black plastic chair in a community centre on a cold Tuesday afternoon waiting for her number to be called. She is number 34.
When its her turn, Maria is called forward to pick up a brown paper bag filled with essentials including pasta, eggs and cornflakes and is invited to choose between butternut squash or carrots as the coming week vegetables.
Maria, who declined to provide her surname, is the 34 th client in so far today at East Hampton Food Pantry, their home communities initiative put up simply streets away from some of the most expensive and exclusive real estate in the world.
By the end of the day, the food pantry organisers expect more than 400 families to have followed Maria through the doors of 219 Accabonac Road to collect their weekly food parcel to help them get through the cold, dark Long Island winter.
In the summertime the Hamptons, a collect of historical oceanfront towns and villages 100 miles from Manhattan, is a billionaires playground. But come Labor Day in early September when the likes of Sean P Diddy Combs, Jerry Seinfeldand Martha Stewart shut up their mansions and head back to Manhattan or Beverly Hills, the glitz devotes way to the gritty reality of life for the mostly immigrant community who live out east all year.
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