HAUPPAUGE – It’s “bring your own cans of cranberry sauce”, and other canned and boxed non-perishable foods to Long Island McDonalds as they host their Annual Food Drive, this year benefitting Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Food Bank, Long Island’s regional food bank. The food drive will kick off at the East Northport McDonald’s located at 1999 East Jericho Turnpike on Monday, November 2nd at 10:30 a.m.
Thanks to the help of numerous Suffolk and Nassau County Girl Scout troops, food drive collection boxes have been decorated with thoughtful reminders of the importance of thankfulness, and have brought excitement to the troop members about giving back to those in need in our communities. There are 316,000 neighbors struggling with food insecurity in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The food collection boxes will be stationed in the lobbies of the participating Long Island McDonalds locations from November 1 through December 23, 2015.
“We’re so excited for the opportunity to collaborate with McDonald’s restaurants on Long Island to collect food donations to help our neighbors in need as we enter the holiday season,” said Long Island Cares CEO Paule Pachter. “The McDonald’s brand is one of the most recognizable names throughout the world, and Long Island Cares is one of the most recognizable charities, as the recognized regional food bank for Long Island. Hunger and chronic food insecurity on Long Island is a crisis that affects 316,000 Long Island Islanders including 70,000 children. We all feel very proud knowing that Long Island Cares and McDonald’s will be making a difference this holiday season for families in need.”
“We are happy to partner with LI Cares to address the critical issue of hunger in our communities. In these trying economic times where many families are faced with challenges of putting food on the table or paying bills, it is our hope that we are able to help make the holidays brighter for those going through hardships,” said Luciana Montuoro, Long Island McDonald’s Marketing and Public Relations Director. “The Long Island McDonald’s Owner/Operators are proud to once again support a respected organization such as LI Cares and to work together with them on their mission to provide meals for those in need this Holiday season.” says Mike Daggett, President, Long Island McDonald’s Owner and Operators Assoc.
Donations of canned and boxed foods, juice boxes, coffee, and baby formula can be dropped off anytime during Long Island McDonald’s business hours, and will be delivered to Long Island Cares by dozens of volunteers for the duration of the food drive. All donations given to Long Island Cares are distributed back into Nassau and Suffolk Counties to benefit 590 soup kitchens, food pantries, and emergency shelters.
For more information, contact Robin S. Amato CFRE, Chief Development Officer and Director of Communications at Long Island Cares, at 631-582-3663 ext. 103.