Hempstead City officers are awarding greater than $470,000 in federal funding to the Island Harvest meals financial institution for the distribution of packing containers of meals to seniors, veterans and homebound residents by the vacations.
Island Harvest receiving greater than $470G
The city donated greater than $5 million to Lengthy Island meals banks final 12 months, delivering multiple million meals, Supervisor Don Clavin mentioned, together with $2.1 million to Island Harvest for deliveries to homebound residents through the COVID-19 pandemic.
City officers and meals financial institution officers introduced Wednesday they have been renewing this system for seniors, veterans and residents unable to go away their dwelling or uncomfortable grocery buying through the pandemic. This system is about to run by Dec. 31.
The “No One Goes Hungry in Hempstead” marketing campaign companions Island Harvest with faculty districts together with Roosevelt, Hempstead, Freeport, Baldwin, Levittown, Lawrence and Elmont to succeed in extra households.
“Island Harvest has saved lives and delivered meals to these with meals insecurity and people in want,” Clavin mentioned. “The pandemic has not disappeared in a single day. There are nonetheless 1000’s of individuals dealing with meals insecurity every day on Lengthy Island.”
The funding is a part of $133 million awarded to the city final 12 months by the federal CARES Act, which was distributed primarily based in town’s inhabitants of 800,000 folks. City officers awarded Island Harvest from remaining funds that should be spent by the top of the 12 months.
“This funding will assist us present a lot wanted meals to so many residents,” Shubin Dresner mentioned. “We’ve heard from veterans not comfy going to the grocery store and buying in massive crowds and senior residents who actually can’t get out of their properties. We’ve heard them asking if we may proceed this program.”
Island Harvest can be together with kosher meals to Jewish households within the 5 Cities and round Lengthy Island.
“We have to feed folks. It’s the best factor to do,” Goosby mentioned.