May 24, 2022

LICA-Celebrates-Island-Harvest-Ribbon.pngLICA Celebrates Island Harvest Ribbon Cutting

Marc Herbst, LICA Executive Director was pleased to join a host of officials, volunteers, and other business leaders to help celebrate the ribbon cutting for Island Harvest’s new Melville warehouse earlier this month. The new 43,000 sq. ft. facility, nearly twice the size of their former headquarters in Hauppauge, will allow Island Harvest to continue and expand its mission to help serve Long Island families in need, as well as provide additional space for training programs and cooking demonstrations.

During the worst of the pandemic, Island Harvest- thanks to its dedicated staff and hundreds of volunteers-served nearly 600,000 local families/year – almost doubling the number it was helping prior to the crisis. And although the COVID-19 crisis may be subsiding, inflationary issues such as the high price of gas, groceries and home heating fuel are draining the resources of other families who may have been ‘getting by’ previously, but with higher costs, now struggle to put food on the table, forcing them to look for food assistance.

The new facility has also enabled Island Harvest to increase food storage space, add new staff, begin a home delivery program, and create a workforce development program. They also recently opened a new on-site market where residents can come in and pick up bags of food directly. LICA is grateful for the important work done by Island Harvest, led by President & CEO, Randi Shubin Dresner and her staff, as well as all those who volunteer to help throughout the year. We encourage everyone who is able, to support organizations like Island Harvest that provide assistance to those in need and work toward ending hunger on Long Island. Click here to view photos from the event.

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