Suffolk County Legislator Manuel Esteban, Esq. met with Jamie Franchi, Government Relations Liaison for Island Harvest to learn about all the programs that this agency offers.
Island Harvest offers assistance to thousands of individual each week through an array of programs from suppling local food pantries, to feeding Veterans through their HOPE program, the Healthy Harvest farm in Brentwood and the senior mobile food pantry. In addition, they have staff on hand to help with SNAP and HEAP applications, nutritionists to support healthy eating, and a new program just getting off the ground called Workforce Development, which will train individuals with skills to help them obtain a job.
At the height of COVID-19 it brought an increase in food insecurity and Island Harvest stepped up their game and helped closed the meal gaps on Long Island. Last year alone they distributed 18 million pounds of food that equates to 15 million meals.
“I look forward to working with Island Harvest to help those in need. This agency offers so much more than just food, they offer hope,” said Legislator Esteban.