Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Food Bank reported an increase of 22% in their distribution of emergency food for Long Islanders in need for the first seven months of 2016 including June and July which are times when donations of food are usually low at the nation’s food banks and pantries.. The regional food bank was able to distribute an additional 225,000 pounds of donated food for a total of 1,269,363 pounds between January and July as a result of community and corporate food drives, and a store donation program supported by 60 local retailers. Food donations totaled 1,179,338 for the same period which represented an increase of 20% over last year for the same time period.
According to Paule Pachter, Chief Executive Officer for Long Island Cares, “We’re extremely gratified with the public’s support of our organization. I believe that our message about food insecurity and our coordinated response to the problem on Long Island that impacts more than 300,000 of our neighbors is resonating with many people. I know that the public has seen our children’s food trucks and various mobile outreach units on the road every day and they’re making a connection with the regional food bank. There are numerous events during the summer sponsored by local communities, legislators, music industry and the corporate sector such as the HIA-LI Summer Food Drive that has resulted in more food donations coming into our warehouse in Hauppauge and our three satellite locations in Freeport, Lindenhurst and Huntington Station. When people support a commitment towards solving hunger and work closely with organization’s like ours who in turn are able to deliver the resources to 575 other programs it represents our communities and businesses doing its best work to lifting people up in a time of need.”
For more information about how you can help log onto www.licares.org or call (631) 582-FOOD.
About Long Island Cares, Inc.
Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank is Long Island’s regional food bank since 1980. Long Island Cares brings together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry and food insecure on Long Island and to the best of our ability, provide for the humanitarian needs of our community. Our goals are to improve food security for families, sponsor programs that help families achieve self-sufficiency and educate the general public about the causes and consequences of hunger on Long Island. Our vision is “A Hunger Free Long Island.” The organization was founded by the late singer, Grammy Award winning songwriter and social activist Harry Chapin in response to the growing issue of domestic hunger on Long Island. It is continued today by his wife and partner Sandy Chapin, a dedicated Board of Directors and talented staff working out of our 35,000 square foot main facility in Hauppauge and satellite hunger assistance centers in Freeport, Lindenhurst and Huntington Station. Long Island Cares is a member of Feeding America, the Long Island Association, and the Hauppauge Industrial Association. Long Island Cares, Inc. is recognized by the NYS Department of Health and the USDA as the regional food bank for Long Island.