Island Harvest Food Bank will receive a $4,000 grant from The Darden Foundation to assist in their efforts of providing help to people facing hunger. The generous, unrestricted grant will allow Island Harvest Food Bank to allocate funds in areas the community needs the most, such as providing healthier, more nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables, and nutrition awareness efforts.
“One in ten people struggle with hunger on Long Island including children, adults, seniors, and veterans,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO, Island Harvest Food Bank. “Hunger does not discriminate, and there are many children, working families, and seniors who turn to our food bank and our member agencies for essential food assistance. The Darden Foundation’s donation will go a long way for the people in our community who rely on our services.”
Island Harvest Food Bank provides healthy food, nutritional guidance, and related services to approximately 300,000 Long Islanders struggling with hunger and food insecurity through a network of more than 450 community-based organizations in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Its Center for Targeted Populations tailors services to the specific needs of Long Islanders served by the food bank, delivering assistance and services aimed specifically to help children, seniors, and veterans. Island Harvest Food Bank’s Kids Weekend Backpack Feeding Program feeds and educates children during the school year, while the Summer Food Service Program reaches children when school is out.
The Darden Foundation is committed to supporting families facing food insecurity in communities across the United States. Their commitment to helping is demonstrated through their partnership with Feeding America and their network of 200 food banks across the nation. Island Harvest Food Bank and Darden restaurants have been working together for many years in a cooperative effort to help the food bank in its mission of ending hunger and reducing food waste on Long Island.
Feeding America® has worked alongside The Darden Foundation for six years in the fight to end hunger. Thanks to their ongoing support, the Feeding America network has been able to help provide even more nutritious meals to families in need.