Hauppauge, NY - August 13th, 2013 - For the third year in a row, the Target Corporation has donated $4,000 to Long Island Cares, Inc. to support their Pack It Up for Kids weekend food program, bringing their total support of this program to $13,000.
Established in 2008, Long Island Cares' Pack It Up for Kids program provides meals and snacks to children who have limited access to food on the weekends and holidays when school is not in session. The children who participate in Pack It Up for Kids are identified by their school district and also participate in the free and reduced school breakfast and lunch program.
"This grant will give our Pack It Up for Kids program a real boost," said Robin Amato, Long Island Cares' Director of Development. "We are currently working with five school districts, which is an additional two over last year. Without corporate grants such as this one from Target, this program would cease to exist. We are very grateful to the Target Corporation for making this committment to Long Island children who otherwise would face long weekends without sufficient nutritious food. Target is a consistent corporate partner who also participates in a store pick-up program to support The Harry Chapin Food Bank."
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,755 stores in 49 states nationwide and online at Target.com. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5% of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million per week. For More information about Target's committment to corporate responsibility, visit www.Target.com/hereforgood.
About Long Island Cares, Inc.
Long Island Cares, Inc. - The Harry Chapin Food Bank is Long Island's first food bank: serving the hungry on Long Island since, 1980. Long Island Cares brings together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry on Long Island and provides emergency food where and when it is needed, and sponsors a wide variety of innovate direct service programs that help families achieve self-sufficiency. The organization was founded by the late singer, Grammy Award winning songwriter and social activist Harry Chapin in response to the growing issue of hunger on Long Island. It is continued today by his wife and partner Sandy Chapin, a dedicated Board of Directors and talented staff working out of their 35,000 square foot facility in Hauppauge and their storefront hunger assistance centers in Freeport and Lindenhurst. Long Island Cares is a member agency of the Food Bank Association of New York State and Feeding America. Long Island Cares, Inc. is recognized by the NYS Department of Health and the USDA as the regional food bank for Long Island.