MINEOLA, NY — October 19, 2015 — Through a cooperative effort between Island Harvest Food Bank, the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management and Feeding America, welcome relief in the form of 39,000 pounds of surplus MRE’s, or meals ready to eat, are on the way to those people impacted by the recent, devastating floods in South Carolina.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano stated, “We are pleased to partner with Island Harvest to lend assistance to the rescue response for the many thousands of people affected by the devastating floods in South Carolina. With so many people throughout our nation who helped Long Island cope with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, it is only fitting that we lend a hand to the people of South Carolina as they struggle to recover.”
Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief charity recently issued an appeal through its network of food banks across the country seeking non-perishable food items for the flood-ravaged sections South Carolina. As a lead organization in disaster preparedness and response, Island Harvest tapped into its partnership with the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management and arranged for the surplus MRE’s to be set aside for shipment to the South Carolina National Guard through the Harvest Hope Food Bank in Columbia, South Carolina. In all, 52 pallets of MRE’s, representing 29,900 meals will be arriving on Tuesday, October 20.
“The great partnership Island Harvest has with the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management helps ensure that Nassau residents have an uninterrupted source of food and supplies when disaster strikes, as evidenced during Superstorm Sandy and other events,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO, Island Harvest. “Sourcing surplus MRE’s to send to South Carolina is a gesture of cooperation and thanks for the much-needed aid that Long Island received during Sandy. We’re happy to help our fellow Americans in need.”
Left to right: Lenny Cohen and Dennis Brady of the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management; Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO, Island Harvest Food Bank, and James with 39,000 pounds of MRE’s destined for South Carolina.