Assemblyman Lavine Lends a Hand to Island Harvest

July 21, 2009

Assemblyman Charles Lavine is pictured with Randi Shubin Dresner at the Island Harvest Summer Food Blitz.

On Thursday, July 16 State Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine (D-Glen Cove) joined volunteers of Island Harvest’s third Summer Food Blitz at the organization’s storehouse in Uniondale where the group sorted, packaged and transferred approximately 500,000 pounds of donated food to more than 100 local agencies and food pantries for further distribution to persons in need.

Assemblyman Lavine said, “Island Harvest is made up of a dedicated group of caring and hardworking individuals from all walks of life. The outpouring of concern for their neighbors exhibited here today manifests the true meaning of community. I am always eager and proud to assist Island Harvest in any way I can.”

According to Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest, the Summer Food Blitz was begun in 2007 to address a perennial spike in demand for food assistance during the summer months, due in part to the loss of school lunch and breakfast benefits for many children, as well as a loss in income by parents who need to be at home while their children are on summer recess from school.

Assemblyman Lavine would like to remind the community that Island Harvest works year-round in its mission to “end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island.” For further information about Island Harvest and its services, call 516-294-8528 or visit