ISLAND HARVEST FOOD BANK RECEIVES $50,000 FROM WALMART TO HELP LI VETERANS & MILITARY FAMILIES IN NEED
— Grant helps fund Island Harvest’s Operation: HOPE mobile food pantry —
HAUPPAUGE, NY — December 23, 2015 — Veterans of the U.S. armed services often face exceptional challenges readjusting to civilian life, among which include joblessness and not having enough to eat. Island Harvest Food Bank recently received a $50,000 grant from Walmart to help fund its Operation: HOPE mobile food pantry that provides food and other assistance to veterans and families of active duty military personnel in need.
The Operation: HOPE mobile food pantry, which was launched in 2011, is a specially-designed refrigerated van that presently serves veterans and military families in Nassau and Suffolk counties. It is staffed by volunteers, themselves veterans, and provides much-needed food, household supplies and personal care products directly to Long Island veterans and military families. In addition, the Operation: HOPE program provides vital information and referrals to link veterans and military families with benefits and services that can help them.
“Veterans and families of active duty personnel have made numerous sacrifices in serving our nation, yet often face a number of hardships; and we not only owe them a debt of gratitude, but our help, too,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO, Island Harvest. “Thanks to the generosity of Walmart, consistent with their longstanding commitment to helping our nation’s veterans, we are able to provide food and other assistance though our Operation: HOPE initiative.”