MINEOLA, NY— June 18, 2013 — Even eight months after Super Storm Sandy tore through Long Island, storm ravaged communities, such as Long Beach, are still in need of assistance. Island Harvest Food Bank, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, has continuously driven efforts to aid disaster relief in these areas. Thanks to a generous donation from the Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, Island Harvest was able to hold a supermarket gift card distribution to aid people in Long Beach still struggling from the storms aftermath.

Over 300 people lined up on the sidewalks of Long Beach at last Monday’s gift card distribution. Of those who attended, 250 received gift cards while the next 120 received a disaster recovery food box, which provided a four person family with four days worth of food.

“The overwhelming attendance at this event highlights the continued need for Sandy relief within Long Beach and surrounding communities” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO, Island Harvest, “We are grateful to the Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation for their generous donation and for recognizing our continued efforts to support those communities still affected by Sandy.”

The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation was established by the late Cindy Silvian and makes grants to organizations involved in charitable purposes, including education, programs that benefit children, medical care and research, and Jewish philanthropic endeavors.

Daniel S. Komansky, president of The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, said, “Slomo and Cindy Silvian made Long Beach their home for many years. They had a deep love for its people. In continuing Mr. and Mrs. Silvian’s charitable work, the board of their foundation is delighted to have the cooperation of an organization as dedicated and as reliable as Island Harvest.”

Island Harvest understands the need for continued storm relief. Companies and organizations interested in contributing to this, or any of Island Harvest’s efforts, should visit For individuals still affected by Super Storm Sandy and in need of assistance, please call Island Harvest at (516) 249-8528 or call 2-1-1, the Long Island call center for referrals to storm-related services.

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About Island Harvest

Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, Island Harvest Food Bank provides food and non-food items for people who are hungry and in need, giving them a voice to help them transition from uncertainty to stability. Island Harvest’s mission is to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island through efficient food and product collection and distribution systems; enhanced hunger awareness and nutrition education programs, job training, targeted services for specific populations, and outreach and advocacy activities and initiatives. Island Harvest is the region’s lead agency in emergency response readiness for food and product distribution and support and is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. For more information visit


Amanda Cunningham
HLD Public Relations

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