Vicki Littman, the chairwoman of the East Hampton Food Pantry, said Tuesday that this year’s New Year’s Day polar bear plunge at East Hampton’s Main Beach had raised more than $12,000 for the food pantries in East Hampton, Wainscott, Amagansett, and Springs. While grateful for the donations, Littman said “the need continues to be great — we are serving 300 families a week just at East Hampton. There are a lot of people out of work now — the need is not going to go away.”
Further on the plunge, Littman said, “There were 200 plungers, including our mayor, Paul Rickenbach, and about as many spectators, I would say. ‘Santa Claus’ was the costume winner, and four teenaged girls with the numbers 2,0,1, and 4 emblazoned on their midsections were the other prizewinners.” Littman added that food pantry items are distributed at the Windmill Village apartments on Tuesdays from 1 to 6 p.m., and at the St. Michael’s senior citizens housing project in Amagansett from 4 to 6 that day.