On July 19th, 2019, staff from across VBPNP’s offices participated in our first annual service day. Volunteers split up into three locations: Island Harvest, Long Island Cares Inc. and Westchester Medical Center.
Island Harvest, based out of Bethpage with a distribution center in Hauppauge and a warehouse in Uniondale, collects and distributes food to help people struggling with hunger. They run many programs, including the Summer Food Service Program, which “provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow, during the summer months when they are out of school.” VBPNP volunteers at Island Harvest’s Uniondale warehouse packed bags of cereal and milk for many of the approximately 9,000 children enrolled in the summer food service program.
Long Island Cares Inc., based out of Hauppauge, similarly collects and distributes millions of pounds of food annually across Long Island. They look to serve as a community educator on hunger and the fight against hunger, running programs like children’s nutrition, job training, and hunger education. VBPNP volunteers at Long Island Cares sorted incoming food and packaged that food to be sent out to pantries across the island.
VBPNP volunteers at Westchester Medical Center’s Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital made and packed fleece tie “comfort” blankets for their “most fragile” patients.
We, as a firm, value giving back to our community and are very excited to continue to grow our service day in the years ahead.