PSEG-LI said Monday that its Power to Feed Long Island initiative had raised the equivalent of 21,944 meals, exceeding its goal by nearly a thousand meals.
At a press conference at the Melville headquarters of Island Harvest Food Bank, John Keating, manager of economic and community development for PSEG-LI, said that had had food drives at six supermarkets, including Stop & Shop in Huntington Station since July. Several elected officials and business owners participated in the press conference.
Three months and six food drives yielded 10,106 pounds of food and supplies, plus nearly $2,200 in cash donations, and online donations totaling more than $4,000.
“We are incredibly grateful to PSEG Long Island for their longstanding commitment to addressing the issue of hunger and food insecurity on Long Island,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest Food Bank. “Thanks to their concern and generosity and the success of the Power to Feed Long Island initiative, countless Long Islanders struggling to feed their families will be able to rest easier knowing that they will have access to something as basic as food.”
“Stop & Shop is proud to continue its committed support of the efforts of Island Harvest to address food insecurity across Nassau and Suffolk counties,” said Stefanie Shuman, community relations manager, Stop & Shop. “Power to Feed Long Island allowed our customers to take part in food drives held at Stop & Shop stores and help their neighbors in need. It’s important that we all come together during these very difficult times,” she added.
Collection drives continued through September, Hunger Action Month. For additional information on Power to Feed Long Island or to make a monetary donation, visit www.psegliny.com/feedLI.
Food donations to drop off in the summer, and the Covid-19 pandemic has put on extra strain on many families’ food budgets.