Stop & Shop donated 2,000 Thanksgiving turkeys to Island Harvest and Long Island Cares during the first intermission when the New York Islanders host the Calgary Flames on Monday at UBS Arena in Elmont. The Food Bank Presidents participated in the Stop & Shop Shoot-Out – attempting a center ice shot to secure their donations.
The donation of turkeys is part of Stop & Shop’s annual Turkey Express program which provides more than 25,000 turkeys to hunger relief organizations across the supermarket’s footprint.
As the official supermarket of the Islanders, Stop & Shop’s donation spotlights the increased need the Food Banks are facing going into the holiday season:
- Island Harvest Food Bank expects to collect and distribute 14,500 turkeys and tens of thousands of pounds of trimmings necessary to complete a holiday-style meal for Long Islanders coping with food insecurity.
- Island Harvest Food Bank serves approximately 300,000 families at various times during the year.
- Last year the food bank supplemented 18 million meals for Long Islanders struggling with food insecurity.
- Across Long Island, more than 148,000 students are qualified to receive free or reduced-price school meals.