Statement from Island Harvest on the Passing of its Chairman Emeritus, Monsignor Thomas Hartman

Msgr. Thomas J. Hartman, Chairman Emeritus of Island Harvest Food Bank and nationally known half of the "God Squad," died late Tuesday night, according to his family.

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Mineola, NY - February 17th, 2016 - Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest Food Bank today released the following statement on the passing of longtime supporter and Chairman Emeritus, Monsignor Thomas Hartman.

“All of us at Island Harvest mourn the loss of our Chairman Emeritus and good friend Monsignor Thomas Hartman. Father Tom was instrumental in helping Island Harvest grow and expand our outreach to help people in need.

He believed that no one should go hungry knowing there was excess food on Long Island, and around the country. In our earliest days as our Chairman, he coined the phrase, ‘Island Harvest is the bridge between those who have surplus food and those who need it,’ and nobody championed our organization and its mission better than he. Long Island is a better place, and we’re better people because of his caring, compassion and dedication to improving the human condition. He taught us so much, and he will be missed by so many who knew and loved him.”

About Island Harvest Food Bank
Island Harvest Food Bank is a leading hunger-relief organization that provides food and other resources to people in need. Always treating those it helps with dignity and respect, its goal is to end hunger and reduce poverty on Long Island through efficient food collection and distribution; enhanced hunger-awareness and nutrition-education programs; job training; and direct services targeted at children, senior citizens, veterans and others at risk.

Approximately 94 cents of every dollar donated to Island Harvest goes to programs that support more than 316,000 Long Islanders. Island Harvest is a lead agency in the region’s emergency-response preparedness for food and product distribution, and is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.   More information can be found at