Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and Staff Lend a Hand at Island Harvest's Summer Food Blitz

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel works alongside her District Office staff. Pictured left to right: Sandy Portnoy, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Daniel Small, Amanda Sitzer, and Joseph Yagoda.

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and Assemblyman Charles Lavine help Island Harvest CEO Randi Shubin Dresner at the third annual Summer Food Blitz.

Great Neck - Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and her District Office staff volunteered at Island Harvest's Summer Food Blitz to help distribute truckloads of donated food and household supplies to Long Island food agencies. For the second year in a row the Assemblywoman shut down her office so her staff could join her in this effort.

The July 16th event, which marked the hunger relief organization's third annual Summer Food Blitz, provided products to more than 100 local agencies which supply food for Long Islanders in need.

"My staff, interns, and I are proud to help contribute to the community by aiding Island Harvest in its important effort to fight hunger on Long Island," said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel. "I am so proud of my group--it is worth the back pain the day after for such a great event."

Volunteers gathered in the morning to load food supplies into agency vans which were waiting patiently in a line around A. Holly Paterson Geriatric Center's parking lot in Uniondale. The food will then be distributed at food pantries, soup kitchens, and other nutrition programs.

The Summer Food Blitz was conceived to boost the supply of food during July and August when demand for assistance perennially increases as tens of thousands of Long Island children lose their school lunch benefits. This year, however, the need is more crucial than ever as families affected by the recession struggle to make ends meet.

For more information about Island Harvest and its services, please visit the organization's website at or call 516-294-8528.