Gluten-free, low-sodium, low-fat items on the shopping list to help those with dietary restrictions

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LONG ISLAND, NY - December 21, 2011 - People receiving assistance from the 540 soup kitchens, food pantries and other feeding programs supplied by Island Harvest often have dietary needs that are not easily met. To address the requirements of those on low-salt, low-fat or gluten-free diets, including many senior citizens, employees of Bank of America's Western Suffolk LI Market recently went on a shopping spree at Stop & Shop in West Islip to help build a supply of these specialty food items.

Armed with $1100 the bank employees purchased low-salt, low-fat and gluten-free foods for the diet-restricted populations served by Island Harvest. The product will also be used to stock Island Harvest's mobile food pantry, which serves 300 low-income seniors and persons with disabilities at subsidized senior housing complexes in Central Islip, East Hampton and Freeport.

About Island Harvest
Fighting hunger and touching lives, Island Harvest serves as the bridge between those who have surplus food and those who need it, supplying over 570 community-based nonprofit organizations on Long Island with critical food support to help stem the advancing tide of hunger in our communities. Island Harvest has delivered more than 71 million pounds of food, supplementing nearly 54 million meals, since its inception in 1992. In support of its mission to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island, the organization is actively involved in education, outreach, advocacy, job training and hunger awareness programs. Island Harvest is a member of Feeding America. For more information about Island Harvest, visit

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Caption: Bank of America's Western Suffolk LI Market employees on a shopping spree at Stop & Shop in West Islip to benefit Island Harvest.