Wednesday, June 28, 2006

No Vacation from Hunger on Long Island, New York

Help Feed the Hungry on Long Island - make a donation to Island Harvest today!It's summer on Long Island. Many families head to the beach, catch up on yard work, or go on vacation. Others struggle to feed children who rely on school breakfast and lunch programs during the rest of the year.

To help them, please make a summer gift to Island Harvest. We collect and deliver millions of pounds of food and supplies to pantries and shelters throughout the Island, where families can obtain them, at no charge.

We recently helped a Selden family find a food pantry. The parents own a business, yet they can't make ends meet. The mother confided, "We just can't make it. We used to be OK, but now the end of the month comes and the money is going out faster than it came in."

During the school year, federally-funded breakfast and lunch programs are of enormous help to tens of thousands of families like this one. For most, these programs go away in June. It is no accident that our member agencies see a spike in demand for food in July and August.

Island Harvest is helping families stretch their budgets by teaching them how to prepare more and better meals for less money. And we pick up and distribute perfectly good surplus food from area retailers, which would otherwise go to waste.

Please take a moment to make a generous gift to Island Harvest. Visit our Web site, and go to the secure contributions page, or follow this link. You can also mail your contribution to Island Harvest at 199 Second Street, Mineola, NY 11501.

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