Giving Tuesday is a powerful opportunity to set aside holiday shopping and support nonprofits that help the community, and the PSEG Foundation is maximizing our impact by providing a 2:1 match today for all employee contributions.
While today’s donations will certainly add up, PSEG Long Island employees carry our company’s mission of strong community involvement all year long, and they have already been busy making contributions of a different kind to put food on the tables of neighbors in need.
Despite the pandemic, our employees collected and donated thousands of pounds of nonperishable food, along with hundreds of Thanksgiving turkeys, to help people facing food insecurity. This was part of the Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s (BFCU) annual turkey drive on Nov. 20, which supports Island Harvest Food Bank.
Navigating through the contactless donation drive-thru set up to ensure donors’ safety, Long Islanders dropped off a whopping 3,157 turkeys in total – far more than the 2,100 collected last year! We’re especially proud of the PSEG Long Island employees who contributed 265 of the donated birds.
The turkeys were distributed to families across Long Island to help make their Thanksgiving meals special and complete.
Along with all of those turkeys, PSEG Long Island’s efforts provided Island Harvest with 3,000 pounds of nonperishable food to help fight hunger in our area.
Our employees collected canned and packaged foods – some they donated themselves and others brought by the public to several recent food drives at PSEG Long Island offices in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
During three weeks at the end of October and beginning of November, employees, customers and community members were invited make donations of food and household essentials at Island Harvest drop boxes set up outside our offices, which remain closed to protect public health.
The customer turnout at the Patchogue office is worthy of an honorable mention. Thank you to the people in the area who came out in force to drop bags and boxes of cheer for our neighbors in need.
While Giving Tuesday is one day in a busy holiday season, food insecurity is a year-round concern and COVID-19 has exacerbated the problem. That’s why supporting this cause is so important.
If you would like to donate to Island Harvest or are struggling with food insecurity, call 631-873-4775.
To learn more about PSEG Long Island’s support of the community, click here.