ISLAND HARVEST RECEIVES $75,000 FROM NEWSDAY CHARITIES, A MCCORMICK FOUNDATION FUND
— Grant helps fund Island Harvest’s Kids Weekend Backpack Feeding Program and general food collection/distribution efforts —
HAUPPAUGE, NY — December 28, 2015 — Island Harvest Food Bank has received $75,000 from Newsday Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund, in support of the hunger-relief organization’s Kids Weekend Backpack Feeding Program, and its overall food collection and distribution efforts throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Half of the grant, $37,500, will help fund the Kids Weekend Backpack Program, which began in 2006, providing supplemental meals for children who rely on school breakfast and lunch programs during the week, but may not have enough to eat over the weekend. Each Friday during the school year, Island Harvest supplies children in 26 schools among seven school districts who are food insecure with packs of nutritious, shelf-stable food, including enough for two lunches, two breakfasts, two snacks, and two servings of milk. During the 2013-2014 school year Island Harvest distributed more than 50,000 food packs through the program.
The remaining funds will be used to help Island Harvest collect and distribute an expected 10 million pounds of food and supplies throughout calendar year 2015. Food and supplies are collected though a number of sources including from food retailers and wholesalers, local food drive collection events, donations from Long Island’s farming community and others, and then distributed to those in need through Island Harvest’s network of approximately 500 nonprofit agencies and directly through its mobile food pantries.
“Island Harvest is grateful for the continued support of Newsday Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund in helping us in our mission of reducing food waste and ending hunger on Long Island,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO, Island Harvest. “Their direct support is making a difference in the lives of our Long Island neighbors in need.”