In today’s edition of Newsday, learn about our Summer Food Service Program and find out about the many sites across Long Island where we are serving nutritional meals to about 3,500 children in need.
That’s an estimated 75,000 meals that we’ll be providing this summer!
Food bank expands summer service
The Mineola-based Island Harvest Food Bank is expanding its Summer Food Service program to 50 sites throughout Long Island in response to an increased demand to supply supplemental food to children who rely on their schools’ reduced or no cost meals and need an alternative lunch source during the summer recess.
Last year, the food service program provided 38,500 meals to 2,215 children at 28 sites in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and this year more than 75,000 meals are expected to be served to about 3,500 participants.
“Summertime should be a carefree, fun and relaxing time for all children,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest. “Sadly for many children who rely on school lunch programs, the summer can cause worry, stress and empty stomachs.”
Don Miller, a spokesman for the food service program, said that about 300,000 Long Islanders are at risk of going hungry daily, including 110,000 children.