LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — Island Harvest Food Bank was on hand in Bay Shore recently to give out more than 100,000 pounds of New York state-produced food to 4,200 Long Island families who continue to struggle with food-insecurity resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The distribution was part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s $25 million Nourish New York initiative that reroutes the state’s surplus agricultural products through New York’s network of food banks and directly to people who have been economically impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Bay Shore event was the second Nourish New York of its kind on Long Island; the first, which was also the first held in New York, was in Massapequa on May 8, 2020, and served more than 3,600 families. Island Harvest Food Bank has received approximately $800,000 through the initiative to procure food produced in New York state.
“For many, it’s a humbling experience to ask for help, and we often hear from people at our distributions that they were once contributors to Island Harvest,” said Ms. Shubin Dresner. “Thanks to Governor Cuomo’ Nourish New York program, we can help meet the nutritional needs of our neighbors struggling to feed their families, with the added benefit of supporting the state’s commercial food producers.”
People attending the distribution at the Westfield South Shore Mall, received cheese, milk, yogurt, fresh fruit and vegetables, and ground beef from New York-based growers and producers including Chobani (Norwich), Mountainside Farms (Roxbury), Lucki 7 Livestock Co. (Rodman), Galbani (Buffalo), Hudson River Fruit Distributors (Milton), Satur Farms (Cutchogue), and Williams Farms, LLC (Marion).
The Nourish New York distribution in Bay Shore was the result of a partnership between Island Harvest Food Bank, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and New York State officials, including the Department of Agriculture and Markets. Bellone, who also pitched in at the event, was joined by New York State Assemblyman Phil Ramos, Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, and Suffolk County Legislator Samuel Gonzalez. Nourish New York task force member Fran Barrett also attended the distribution on behalf of Governor Cuomo’s office.
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 mission 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 more than 300,000 Long Islanders facing hunger. Island Harvest Food Bank is a lead agency in the region’s emergency response preparedness for food and product distribution. It is a member of Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization. For five consecutive years, Island Harvest Food Bank has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, a leading independent charity watchdog organization. Island Harvest Food Bank is among just 9% of the organizations rated by Charity Navigator to merit the four-star designation. More information about Island Harvest Food Bank is at www.islandharvest.org.
–Island Harvest Food Bank
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