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    LONG ISLAND CARES, THE HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK TO BENEFIT FROM ADDITIONAL $115 MILLION IN SUPPORT FOR COMMODITY FOOD PURCHASES FROM THE USDA

    HAUPPAUGE, NY – Monday, September 19, 2016 – As the end of the federal fiscal year approaches on September 30, the USDA has announced multiple bonus commodity purchases in the last week totaling up to $115 million. The purchases bring the total amount of USDA bonus commodity authorizations in FY 2016 to $320 million. Long Island Cares, Inc. administers The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) for the Long Island region, and they have announced that the regional food bank will be bringing in some of the additional bonus food to Long Island to help feed the more than 300,000 people impacted by domestic hunger and food insecurity in Nassau and Suffolk County.

    “The recent purchases announced include: orange juice; cheese; raisins; chicken; eggs, and blueberries which are all foods that our community-based member agencies can use,” said Peter Braglia, Chief Operations Officer for Long Island Cares.  “While bonus commodity purchases by the USDA are certainly only possible when a need for agriculture market support exists, the advocacy work of Feeding America and food banks like Long Island Cares in communicating the positive impact TEFAP foods have on our agencies  and clients has certainly helped strengthen the USDA’s willingness to make bonus commodity purchases and to distribute the food through TEFAP,” Braglia said.

    Locally, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand,  and Representatives Gregory Meeks and Kathleen Rice signed onto the letter from Congress to the USDA requesting the additional support for the TEFAP program at the request of Long Island Cares, Inc.  For press inquiries, please contact Long Island Cares’ Chief Development Officer Robin S. Amato CFRE at 631-582-3663 ext. 103.

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    About Long Island Cares

    Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank has been 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 their ability, provides for the humanitarian needs of the community. Their 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. Their vision is “A Hunger Free Long Island.”

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