‘Love The Island’ car magnets are now for sale at the Taste NY Long Island Welcome Center in Dix Hills. For every $6 magnet sold, a $2.50 donation will be made to Long Island Cares Harry Chapin Food Bank.
Harry Chapin is part of the fabric of Long Island for his iconic music and for his establishment of Long Island Cares, one of the region’s most comprehensive hunger assistance organizations.
“There is a plague dedicated to him on the entrance walkway into the LI Welcome Center,” said Market Manager Risa Katz. “We are honored to help support Long Island Cares with the Love The Island car magnet donation program.”
“Above our name in the logo are the words ‘Because It Takes More Than Food To Feed The Hungry,’” said Robin Amato, chief development officer and communications director for LI Cares. “People are always surprised to learn that there are so many people on Long Island that are food insecure. Yet approximately 283,700 people on Long Island receive emergency food each year—that’s 64,900 people every week and 39 percent of those are children under 18.”
Amato continued, “The fact is there is plenty of food, but the logistics in getting the food to those in need is an ongoing challenge. Therefore, we welcome the continued support of brands like Love The Island and are thrilled that the Taste NY Long Island Welcome Center has agreed to participate in the car magnet donation program to help us meet this ongoing challenge.”
The welcome center is on the Long Island Expressway between eastbound exits 51 and 51.
In addition to magnets, Love The Island offers a range of apparel, accessories and gift products featuring the shape of Long Island as a smiling fish. For more, visit www.lovetheisland.net.
Taste NY is operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County. The initiative promotes New York’s food and beverage industries and creates opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods in to the public. The Long Island Welcome Center opened in October 2016 and features a farmers’ market and an interactive ‘I Love New York’ experience for visitors to learn about the regions history and tourism destinations. For more, visit taste.ny.gov.
Founded as the first food bank on Long Island in 1980 acclaimed songwriter and social activist Harry Chapin, Long Island Cares serves thousands of individuals and families in need. The organization provides nutritional food and support services for a network of more than 580 community-based member agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, child care programs, disability organizations, veterans’ services programs and more. For more, visit www.licares.org.