Assistance to Federal Employees Impacted by Government Shutdown

Island Harvest Food Bank Offers Food and Resource Assistance to Federal Employees Impacted by Government Shutdown

LONG ISLAND, NY — January 7, 2019 — Island Harvest Food Bank today announced it is offering temporary food assistance and resources to federal workers whose pay has been deferred due to the partial government shutdown.

“We at Island Harvest Food Bank recognize that some federal workers living on Long Island are struggling to put food on their families’ tables due to the region’s high cost of living,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president & CEO, Island Harvest Food Bank. “A prolonged period without a paycheck can often mean the difference between choosing to eat, or pay other obligations such as a utility bill, car insurance, the mortgage, childcare or even medicine, so we want to let people know that Island Harvest Food Bank is here to assist if needed.”

Island Harvest Food Bank will provide direct supplemental food assistance, and access to resources including, but not limited to, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), nutrition-education programs; job training; and direct services targeted at children, senior citizens, veterans, and others at risk of food insecurity. The food bank will also provide referrals as needed through its network of 450 community-based agencies in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Island Harvest Food Bank can be reached at 516-294-8528, or 631-873-4775, or on the web at www.islandharvest.org. The food bank is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Island Harvest Food Bank stresses that all inquiries are strictly confidential, and all people served are treated with the utmost dignity and respect.

“It’s important that people understand there’s no shame in asking for help and we want to reassure people facing a potential crisis that we can be the helping hand they need,” concluded Ms. Shubin Dresner.

About Island Harvest Food Bank

Island Harvest Food Bank is a leading hunger-relief organization that provides food and other resources to people in need. Always treating those we help with dignity and respect, our mission is “to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island” through efficient food collection and distribution; enhanced hunger-awareness and nutrition-education programs; job training; and direct services targeted at children, senior citizens, veterans, and others at risk of food insecurity.

As a result of Island Harvest Food Bank’s dynamic business model, more than 94% of expended resources go directly to programs and services that support more than 300,000 Long Islanders facing hunger. Island Harvest Food Bank is a lead agency in the region’s emergency response preparedness for food and product distribution and is a member of Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity. For five consecutive years, Island Harvest Food Bank has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit watchdog organization. Island Harvest Food Bank is among just 9% of the nonprofits rated by Charity Navigator to merit the four-star designation. More information about our programs and services, and how you can help, is at www.islandharvest.org.

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