FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2021
North Hempstead Assisting Island Harvest with Food Donation Drive
MEDIA CONTACTS: Gordon Tepper, Rebecca Cheng, Matthew Leonenko and Michael Anderson | (516) 869-7794
North Hempstead, NY – Town of North Hempstead Council Members Viviana Russell, Peter Zuckerman, Mariann Dalimonte along with Town Clerk Wayne Wink joined with other elected officials and representatives from Island Harvest for Island Harvest’s inaugural Spring Harvest Food Collection event on April 30 at North Hempstead Beach Park. The event was part of a two-week campaign to collect food for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-perishable goods were collected to help end food insecurity on Long Island. Town officials are continuing to partner with Island Harvest by accepting donations through May 10 at the Town Clerk’s office at 200 Plandome Road in Manhasset.
“There has been an estimated 47% increase in food insecurity across Long Island in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that is truly heartbreaking,” stated Town Clerk Wayne Wink. “No family should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. We must do our part the help those in need.”
Additionally, the Town is continuing to encourage residents to upcoming Town events to bring non-perishable/canned foods as part of North Hempstead's donation drive.
“In addition to the donation box in the Clerk’s office, we are going to have boxes at our upcoming drive-in movies, concerts, and fireworks show,” said Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “When coming to enjoy a fun and safe night out, we hope attendees will also give back to the community by making a contribution to our food drive.”
Founded in 1992, Island Harvest Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. We distribute fresh produce, meat and non-perishables throughout Long Island and assist thousands of Long Islanders daily through our innovative programming and network of community partners.