WESTBURY, N.Y. — The office and warehouse team at Crystorama Lighting conducted a food drive this month on behalf of Island Harvest, a local relief organization.
“With Thanksgiving and the holidays right around the corner, our company’s team wanted to do something special to help out individuals and families in our community who are struggling to put food on the table,” said Brad Kleinberg, president of Crystorama Lighting.
“More than 316,000 Long Islanders — adults and children — face the risk of hunger every day. Long Island is our home, and we want to do all we can to help our less-fortunate neighbors during their time of need.”
As part of the food drive, Crystorama’s employees donated a wide range of canned and packaged foods, including vegetables, soup and pasta. The food was delivered to Island Harvest’s headquarters in Bethpage, N.Y.
Approximately 70,000 individuals seek food assistance in Nassau and Suffolk counties each week through soup kitchens, food pantries and other feeding programs served by Island Harvest Food Bank, Kleinberg added. Crystorama Lighting is based in Nassau County.
Created in 1992, Island Harvest has grown over the past quarter-century to become Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization. Island Harvest’s volunteers and staff now deliver millions of pounds of food each year to a network of 570 Long Island-based food pantries, soup kitchens and other non-profit organizations that offer feeding services for those in need.
Since its inception, the group has delivered 71 million pounds of food, supplementing close to 66 million meals. Through its efforts, food from restaurants, convenience stores and other businesses that might otherwise go to waste is used to help people in need. Island Harvest also operates one of the largest farm-to-food bank programs in New York State, collecting more than 11 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables from Long Island’s farmers since the program was launched in 2015.
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