Photo: Heros 4 Our Heroes Foundation

Smithtown nonprofit feeds vets and first responders

The annual Heros 4 Our Heroes campaign is led by Donato Panico, owner of Panico’s Community Market in Smithtown, as a way to thank the veterans, police officers and other emergency responders who help keep Long Islanders safe.

This year, Panico and a team of volunteers spent a week preparing and packaging more than 600 3-foot-long sandwiches before distributing them this past Thursday to police and fire departments across the Island and the city.

Every year the Heros 4 Our Heroes Foundation gives out more than 3,000 sandwiches and 200 turkeys to local veterans and first responders with the help of employees, friends and members of the community.

For more information about Heros 4 Our Heroes, visit

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