Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00
The 4th Annual Bethpage Federal Credit Union (BFCU) Turkey Drive will expand to support Hurricane Sandy victims by asking those Long Islanders who were not severely affected by the hurricane to help support their neighbors in need and make a donation to Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization.
In addition to frozen turkeys, Bethpage and Island Harvest are requesting easy-to-open shelf stable food items, cleaning supplies and baby items such as diapers. The BFCU Turkey, Emergency Food and Relief Drive will take place on Friday, Nov. 16 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (rain or shine) outside of Bethpage’s main branch located at 899 South Oyster Bay Road in Bethpage.
Also, until Nov. 30, Nassau and Suffolk County residents unable to travel to Bethpage’s main branch on Nov. 16 are encouraged to drop off all non-perishable donations to any of Bethpage’s 26 branch locations.
“Bethpage is working closely with key Long Island agencies to help provide much needed support to our local communities through several disaster relief efforts, and that includes our work with Island Harvest,” said Linda Armyn, SVP, Corporate Strategy, Bethpage. “Each year the annual Bethpage Turkey Drive has brought communities together in an island-wide effort to help local families in need and this year, support is crucial. Thank you to all of our partners, who have come to assist in this effort: Cablevision, NY Islanders and Connoisseur Media.”
Even prior to Hurricane Sandy hitting Long Island, 2012 marked a record-breaking year for the number of Long Island families in need. Since 2009, Island Harvest has seen a 161 percent increase in the requests for food and support services with about 65,000 individuals receiving emergency food assistance from the Island Harvest network each week. Now, following Hurricane Sandy, the numbers are unprecedented.
Since the first Bethpage Turkey Drive was organized in 2009, hundreds of Long Island residents and volunteers have come out to assist in the collection of over 10,000 turkeys and 26,000 pounds of food, which were then provided to Long Island’s many families in need in time for the holidays.
“With so many people in need after this devastating storm, it’s important that we come together as a community to support our neighbors in need and offer them some relief,” said Lisa Trimarchi, VP of Employee Services, Cablevision Systems Corporation. “Cablevision’s roots are right here on Long Island, and we are pleased to join with Bethpage again this year to help address the many challenges affecting the communities we serve.”
Bethpage Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative, existing solely to serve its members and has experienced rapid growth in recent years to become a strong alternative to banks.
Bethpage maintains branch locations in Bay Shore, Bay Shore King Kullen, Bethpage, Central Islip, Commack King Kullen, Elmont, Farmingdale, Freeport, Glen Cove, Hempstead, Huntington, Levittown King Kullen, Lynbrook, Massapequa, Melville, Mineola, North Babylon, Patchogue, Port Jefferson, Riverhead, Seaford, Smithtown, Roosevelt, West Babylon and Westbury with over 425 surcharge-free ATMs in King Kullen, 7-Eleven, CVS Pharmacy and Costco locations throughout Long Island. For more information, call 1-800-628-7070 or visit www.bethpagefcu.com.