NYCB DONATES $20,000 ISLAND HARVEST FOOD BANK TO HELP FAMILIES IN NEED ENJOY A HOLIDAY TURKEY DINNER
- Media reports of people in need of food sparks NYCB to respond with generous donation —
- NYCB volunteers, executives on hand to distribute turkeys and trimmings at toy distribution event —
LONG ISLAND, NY— December 18, 2015 — Responding to a critical need to provide Long Island families in need with a warm, holiday-style meal, New York Community Bank (NYCB), recently donated $20,000 to Island Harvest Food Bank. The funding has allowed Island Harvest to purchase frozen turkeys throughout the holiday season for people faced with hunger on Long Island. NYCB volunteers and executives got the chance to give out some of the turkeys, along with boxes of trimmings to make a holiday meal complete, to families who are struggling and food insecure at Family Service League’s (FSL) William Floyd School District Family Center in Mastic Beach as part of FSL’s Project TOY distribution.
“NYCB heard about Island Harvest’s Turkey and Trimmings Collection Campaign and the need to help our Long Island neighbors struggling with hunger through various news reports and they reached out to us to see how they can help,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO, Island Harvest. “We’re grateful for the generous donation and support from NYCB in recognizing the critical issue of hunger on Long Island; their direct involvement is making a difference for those Long Islanders facing hunger this holiday season.”
For more than 316,000 Long Islanders faced with not having enough to eat each day, the warmth of a holiday-style meal or a toy for their children is often beyond their reach. These include hard-working adults, children, seniors and veterans who cannot always make ends meet and are frequently forced to go without food. NYCB’s generous donation will put a warm, holiday-style meal on the tables of hundreds of Long Island families, who would have gone without.
“Our commitment to the communities we serve comes from the heart. We believe by giving time, talent and funding we can make a difference. When we heard that Island Harvest needed extra support to provide for those in need this holiday season, we felt compelled to act. It is our privilege to support our neighbors in need and to work with Island Harvest during the holiday season as well as throughout the year.” explains John Fennell, NYCB’s Director of Retail Banking.
“Family Service League is proud to work with Island Harvest, New York Community Bank and the William Floyd School District to provide holiday toys and food for so many in need,” said Karen Boorshtein, president and CEO, FSL. “This is a wonderful collaboration and we are happy to have the opportunity to bring joy to families struggling under the burden of financial hardship. FSL is grateful for the thousands of corporate and individual donors that have supported the FSL Project TOY program this year which will serve over 6,000 Long Island children.”