FREEPORT, NY — July 26, 2017 — Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran (LD-5) recently stopped by Island Harvest Food Bank’s Freeport distribution site to discuss the issue of hunger in our local communities. Legislator Curran met with Randi Shubin Dresner, president, and CEO of Island Harvest Food Bank, along with representatives from local hunger-relief organizations from Baldwin, Freeport, and surrounding areas.
Approximately 5,000 pounds of food, including fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat are distributed each week in Freeport, which supplements close to 4,200 meals for residents faced with hunger and food insecurity.
Island Harvest Food Bank conducts twelve weekly distributions across Long Island, bringing food and supplies to its member agencies of soup kitchens, food pantries, and other feeding programs. The Freeport distribution takes place on a village-owned property on Hanse Avenue. For information on how to access services from Island Harvest Food Bank or its member agencies, visit www.islandharvest.org, or call 516-294-8528.
“Partnerships between business, government, and nonprofit organizations are essential to addressing and solving many of today’s most pressing societal issues — including hunger and food insecurity,” said Shubin Dresner. “We’re grateful to Legislator Curran for taking the time out of her busy schedule to meet with us and learn about hunger in the legislative district and across Long Island. We’re also appreciative to Freeport Mayor Kennedy for his generosity in allowing us to use village facilities for our weekly distributions.”
About Hunger on Long Island
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 it helps with dignity and respect, its goal 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 percent of expended resources go directly to programs and services that support over 316,000 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 leading domestic hunger-relief organization. Island Harvest is a four-star-rated nonprofit by Charity Navigator, an independent charity watchdog organization. More information can be found at www.islandharvest.org.
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Photo caption: Legislator Curran (center) meets with Island Harvest Food Bank and member agencies at Freeport distribution site. Photo courtesy of Island Harvest Food Bank.
Contact: Don Miller
West End Strategies, Ltd.