Holiday Turkey, Food Drive To Benefit Vets

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turkey_aThey have served with honor and pride to protect our nation, yet, sadly, many veterans return from active duty only to face uncertain economic conditions. Veterans of the United States armed services often face financial hardship, and have problems finding jobs; some even find themselves wondering where their next meals will come from. Families of service members currently deployed are often confronted with similar challenges. And, while the problems persist throughout the year, they are often amplified during the holidays.

“We are relying on the generosity of Long Islanders to help our veterans by donating what they can at NYCB’s Veterans Day Holiday Turkey & Food Collection Drive,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO, Island Harvest Food Bank. “The men and women who have served, but now find themselves facing hard times, deserve a traditional holiday-style meal to help ease their struggles, and we’re grateful to partner with NYCB in offering our help to bring a little cheer to them and make their holiday season a bit more hopeful.”

To help veterans and the families of active-duty military personnel who are struggling to make ends meet, New York Community Bank (NYCB) and Island Harvest Food Bank are teaming up for a Veterans Day Holiday Turkey & Food Collection Drive. The event will be held on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at NYCB’s Roslyn Savings Bank, 14 Conklin St., in Farmingdale.

Among the items needed for the food drive are frozen turkeys, nonperishable food items (except products in glass containers), and supermarket gift cards. Monetary donations are also welcome. Proceeds will benefit Island Harvest Food Bank’s Operation: HOPE program, which provides direct service to local veterans and military families.

“New York Community Bank is privileged to partner with Island Harvest Food Bank to support veterans and military families. NYCB is honored to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those that have served our country. We invite employees, customers, neighbors and neighborhood businesses to take part in the food drive and help make a difference,” said Kelly Maude Leung, SVP Corporate Communications, New York Community Bank.

Those unable to travel to NYCB’s Roslyn Savings Bank branch in Farmingdale on Nov. 11 can visit any of NYCB’s participating locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties to make donations. For a complete list of participating NYCB branches, go to www.myNYCB.com.

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