WHAT: Island Harvest Food Bank is hosting a special drive-through food distribution of New York State agricultural products to help people on Long Island in need of food assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic. The distribution will include all New York produced dairy products, fruits and vegetables, and meat. The distribution is made possible through funding under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Nourish New York initiative, which provides $25 million for food banks across the state to procure products produced in New York. Through Nourish New York, Island Harvest Food Bank will be able to supply enough food to accommodate approximately 3,000 families at this distribution. Subsequent distributions of New York produced food will be held at sites across Long Island at locations and dates to be determined.
WHEN: Friday, May 8, 2020
WHERE: Westfield Sunrise (Macy’s parking lot on the west side of the mall)
One Sunrise Mall (off Sunrise Highway, between Carmans & Eastgate Roads)
Massapequa, NY 11758.
WHY: Amid an unprecedented surge in demand for food assistance across New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the state is providing $25 million from a special public health emergency fund for food banks and other supplemental food providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nourish New York initiative aims to reroute New York’s surplus agricultural products (including products grown on LI) to the people in need of food assistance through New York’s network of food banks. The Nourish New York program also provides economic relief for the state’s food producers. The special distribution is the result of a partnership between Island Harvest Food Bank, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and New York State officials.
WHO: NY State Department of Agriculture & Markets Commissioner Richard Ball, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Island Harvest Food Bank Board Chair Douglas Nadjari, Island Harvest Food Bank President & CEO Randi Shubin Dresner, Chobani President Peter McGuinness, and Robert Carpenter, Administrative Director, Long Island Farm Bureau. Also attending are Westfield officials and Island Harvest Food Bank corps of volunteers.
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