Hauppauge, NY - August 2, 2016 - As part of its steadfast commitment to helping Island Harvest Food Bank end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island, Petro Home Services recently unveiled a customized tanker truck and a customized service van to help increase awareness of Island Harvest Food Bank and the issue of hunger on Long Island.
The brightly colored vehicles, branded with Petro’s and Island Harvest’s logos, feature a photo of children along with the message: “Hunger Lives Here. So Does Hope.” The vehicles will be placed in-service in Nassau and Suffolk counties as part of the company’s existing fleet while serving as a mobile billboard for Island Harvest. Two additional vehicles will be placed in-service in the future.
At a ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiling the vehicles, local celebrities David Castro, who is starring in the ABC show “Shadowhunters,” and his sister Raquel, who appeared in the Fox hit “Empire,” were on-hand along with officials from Island Harvest Food Bank, Petro Home Services, and local hunger-relief advocates.
Petro Home Services leadership understands the importance of being a good corporate citizen and supporting Island Harvest Food Bank in its mission to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island. In addition to the moving billboards, the company provides Island Harvest Food Bank with financial support to help more than 316,000 Long Islanders who face the risk of hunger every day, including adults (often working two jobs), seniors, veterans, and children. Approximately 70,000 individuals seek food assistance in Nassau and Suffolk counties each week through soup kitchens, food pantries and other feeding programs served by Island Harvest.
“We feel it is an honor for our company to be able to support organizations such as Island Harvest. The services they provide to the communities of LI are important, and we are tremendously thankful for the work they do,” said Jeff Hammond, Senior Vice President of Operations at Petro Home Services. “So many of our employees and their families live here on Long Island and understand the importance of giving back to our local communities. Whether it is through food drives, monetary donations or being able to spread the word about Island Harvest by displaying their logo on our vehicles, we are glad to be a part of it mission to end hunger, and reduce food waste on Long Island.”
“Petro Home Services has taken an important leadership position working with Island Harvest Food Bank to help us provide food, and other vital services to more than 316,000 Long Island men, women, and children who rely on us each and every day,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO, Island Harvest Food Bank. “Petro Home Services’ management and employees are proof that working together, we can make a positive impact in the lives of those who struggle to find enough to eat each day, and we are extremely grateful for their generous support.”
About Hunger on Long Island
Hunger is a state in which people do not get enough food to provide the nutrients for active and healthy lives. It can result from the recurrent lack of access to food. More than 316,000 Long Islanders face the risk of hunger every day, according to Island Harvest Food Bank and Feeding America, a national hunger-relief organization. Those facing hunger include adults (often working two jobs), seniors and veterans. Unable to make ends meet, they (and their children) are often forced to go without food. Approximately 70,000 individuals seek food assistance in Nassau and Suffolk counties each week through soup kitchens, food pantries and other feeding programs served by Island Harvest Food Bank.
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 food waste 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 96 cents of every dollar donated to Island Harvest Food Bank goes to programs that support more than 316,000 Long Islanders. Island Harvest Food Bank 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 organization. More information can be found at www.islandharvest.org.