Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Food Bank is proud and grateful to have been chosen as a beneficiary of Ocean State Job Lot’s 2016 “Three Square Meals” hunger relief program to alleviate the problem of food insecurity throughout the Northeast U.S.
On Tuesday morning, the first delivery of food began via a convoy of between 15 and 20 tractor trailer trucks loaded with 700,000 pounds of nutritious shelf-stable food, the first installment of nearly 3.3 million total pounds delivered throughout the year. The donation to Long Island Cares arrived within hours. Job Lot also donated all purchasing logistics, administration support, management, delivery labor, and fuel ensuring that 100 percent of the funds donated is used to help alleviate hunger. Funds are raised through a combination of in-store customer donations, contributions from the business community and matching funds from the Job Lot Charitable Foundation. Items that were distributed included shelf-stable food such as pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and fruit, soup, canned tuna, dried beans, rice, and more.
Our CEO, Paule Pachter, said it best. “Ocean State Job Lot has been a wonderful corporate partner of the regional food bank since they opened their Babylon location two years ago. The corporation has donated several pallets of first-quality food and assorted supplies to assist the hundreds of community-based member agencies that we support. The Babylon location is also very close to our South Shore Service Center in Lindenhurst that we opened in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, and we continue to assist nearly 900 individuals on a monthly basis at our Lindenhurst site. The corporation’s focus on people in need, including veterans and children, along with their support towards disaster relief efforts is closely aligned to our direct service programs at Long Island Cares and we’re very proud of our partnership with Ocean State Job Lot.”