7th Annual Bethpage Turkey Drive

If you are looking to give back this holiday season, consider the Bethpage Turkey Drive.

WHAT: 7th Annual Bethpage Turkey Drive, Benefits Island Harvest Food Bank
WHEN: Wednesday, November 18 – 7 AM to 6 PM
WHERE: Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s headquarters, 899 South Oyster Bay Road, Bethpage, NY
More Than 570 LI Food Pantries & Community Agencies to Directly Benefit

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Long Island’s largest food drive event, the 7th Annual Bethpage Turkey Drive to benefit Island Harvest Food Bank, will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 7 AM to 6 PM at Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s headquarters located at 899 South Oyster Bay Road in Bethpage.

Long Islanders are asked to drop off frozen turkeys, non-perishable food items (except those in glass containers), supermarket gift cards or cash donations.  These donations will go directly to Island Harvest which will then help supply Thanksgiving holiday meals to the more than 300,000 hungry Long Islanders through its distribution network of 570 food pantries, soup kitchens and other feeding programs on Long Island.

For those unable to travel to Bethpage’s main branch on November 18, Nassau and Suffolk County residents can visit any of Bethpage’s 33 branch locations to drop off  any cash donations you may have.  For a complete list of Bethpage branches, see below.

Since the first Bethpage Turkey Drive was organized in 2009, hundreds of community volunteers have come out to assist in the collection of approximately 23,000 turkeys and more than 74,000 pounds of food, which were then provided to Long Island families facing hardship in time for the holidays.  Island Harvest has seen an increase in the requests for food and support services among the 570 community-based agencies it serves.  About 70,000 individuals receive food assistance from the Island Harvest network each week.

Since 1992, Island Harvest has grown to become the largest hunger relief organization in the region, feeding and supporting 316,000 Long Islanders annually, helping to change the lives of millions.  By relying on volunteers, in-kind services, and donated food, more than 94 cents of every dollar donated to Island Harvest directly benefits Island Harvest’s robust programs and initiatives.

With a mission to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island, Island Harvest has pioneered innovative and effective food and product collection and distribution systems, hunger awareness and nutrition education programs, job training programs, services for targeted populations, and outreach and advocacy initiatives.  Island Harvest is the region’s leading agency in disaster relief and emergency response readiness for food and product distribution, support and services.  Island Harvest is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.

 

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