BETHPAGE, NY – The hunger relief group Long Island Harvest on Friday picked up approximately 15,000 pounds of food donated in January by employees of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
North Shore-LIJ employees donated the equivalent of about 12,000 meals, which will help Island Harvest better meet the needs of the 572 day-care and senior centers, shelters and other agencies it serves.
“This food donation is part of our mission to serve our communities and we are elated to help our local families and children avoid going hungry,” said Lisa Burch, director of sustainability and social responsibility for the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
The food was collected during the month of January as part of the health system’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial commemoration. Each of the health system’s 16 hospitals and 11 remote sites participated in the drive. The food collected from North Shore-LIJ facilities based in New York City will be given to City Harvest.
Island Harvest personnel began picking up the donated food at North Shore-LIJ’s Integrated Distribution Center in Bethpage this week, with the last of the food being scheduled to be picked up on Monday.