HAUPPAUGE, NY — July 27, 2017 — Whole Foods Market Long Island recently stopped by Island Harvest Food Bank’s Hauppauge Distribution Center and presented a generous $15,806.19 donation to assist with food collection and distribution efforts in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
The funds donated were part of Whole Foods Market’s “Community Giving Day” in which five-percent of all sales generated on Long Island in one day was designated to Island Harvest Food Bank to help fight hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island. Whole Foods Market’s Long Island locations are in Jericho and Lake Grove.
“Whole Foods Market Long Island has established itself as a valued partner in addressing the critical issue of hunger on Long Island,” said Shubin Dresner. “Their generous donation will have a definite and positive impact on our neighbors struggling with hunger and food insecurity, and we are grateful for their continued support.”
About Hunger on Long Island
Hunger is a state in which people do not get enough food to provide the nutrients for active and healthy lives. It can result from the recurrent lack of access to food. More than 316,000 Long Islanders face the risk of hunger every day, according to Island Harvest Food Bank and Feeding America, a national hunger-relief organization. Those facing hunger include adults (often working two jobs), seniors and veterans. Unable to make ends meet, they (and their children) are often forced to go without food. Approximately 70,000 individuals seek food assistance in Nassau and Suffolk counties each week through soup kitchens, food pantries and other feeding programs served by Island Harvest Food Bank.
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.
Photo (attached) caption: (Left to right) Karen Greene, Metro Marketing Team Leader, Whole Foods; Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO, Island Harvest Food Bank; and Lorraine Barker, Team Leader, Whole Foods Market Lake Grove. (Photo courtesy of Island Harvest Food Bank).
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West End Strategies, Ltd.