During the first two weeks of March, Jefferson’s Ferry Life Plan Community residents and staff held a “Stuff a Bus” food drive, collecting 527 pounds of non-perishable items which were then delivered to Island Harvest Food Bank for distribution. The group effort was part of the Jefferson’s Ferry Foundation’s community outreach efforts to support Long Islanders in need.
Island Harvest has become Long Island’s largest hunger-relief organization, which delivers millions of pounds of food 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.
Jefferson’s Ferry residents shopped for items on Island Harvest’s “wish list” at their community’s Country Store, which had been specially stocked for the food drive by resident Jan Parker, so that her Jefferson’s Ferry neighbors could shop while staying close to home. The response was tremendous and immediate. The Jefferson’s Ferry Foundation office was overflowing with donations, which were dutifully sorted and packaged by Jefferson’s Ferry intern Matthew Richman.
“The enthusiasm of our residents and staff is matched by their generosity,” said Jefferson’s Ferry President and Chief Executive Officer Robert E. Caulfield. “Our residents are invested in the well-being of the Long Island community at large and eager to give back.”