Bank of America presented the check to Long Island Cares on Dec. 6. L. to R.: Kristine Lehn, Long Island Cares, Michael Haynes, Long Island Cares, Lorraine Aycock, Bank of America, Idalia Boczek, Long Island Cares, Katherine Fritz, Long Island Cares, Paule T. Pachter, Long Island Cares, Bill Leonelli, Long Island Cares, Peter Braglia, Long Island Cares. Photo via LI Cares.

Bank of America donated a half-million dollars to The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank to help the nonprofit establish the organizations’ fifth community-based satellite center in Hampton Bays. 

Bank of America presented Long Island Cares CEO Paule T. Pachter with a $500,000 check at their 12th Annual Scott Martella Government Affairs Breakfast from the Heart of Long Island on Dec. 6. 

“We’re extremely grateful to Bank of America for their continued support of the work of the regional food bank and for their partnership in focusing on hunger as part of their national agenda,” said Pachter.  “This is a very significant grant and it enables us to establish a satellite location in one of our region’s high-risk areas for food insecurity. The ability to also develop a warehouse facility on the east end will enable us to better coordinate the delivery of emergency food with our East End member agencies and other allied organizations.”

The warehouse and distribution center will feature a First Stop Triage Food Pantry, Gus’ Retail Food Rescue Center, and Baxter’s Pet Pantry. The center will also offer outreach services to the migrant and agricultural communities living on the East End as well as the Shinnecock Indian Nation and will help assist the more than 9,000 Long Islanders living on the Twin Forks who face food insecurity and hunger every day on LI. 

“Food insecurity remains a reality for millions of Americans including residents of our own communities,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “Long Island Cares works round the clock to address this critical need. No one should go hungry, particularly in an affluent area like the Hamptons.”

The new Hunger Assistance and Humanitarian Center of the Hamptons located at 286 West Montauk Hwy. in Hampton Bays is scheduled to open in the spring of 2020. 

“The partnership we have with Long Island Cares has continued to grow over time,” said Bob Isaksen, Long Island Market President for Bank of America. “It’s not just about writing the check but being there when they need our advice and volunteers. We are proud to be able to lead the way as they expand their critical work in providing nutritious solutions to the east end.”

LI Cares new Hampton Bays center is scheduled to open this spring.
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