Island Harvest was created in 1992 by one woman with a cooler, a station wagon, and a strong desire to help people in need. Linda Breitstone, the founder, was infuriated that food from a local convenience store was being thrown away at the end of the day- with a soup kitchen down the street. The mission at Island Harvest is “to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island.”
Island Harvest serves as the bridge between those who have surplus food and those who need it, supplying hundreds of nonprofit organizations on Long Island with critical food support. Since its inception in 1992, Island Harvest has rescued nearly 71 million pounds of food, supplementing more than 66 million meals. Island Harvest is a member of Feeding America.
DiCarlo and Elara have joined Island Harvest in fighting hunger by implementing the One Case- One Meal program.
One Case- One Meal is Elara’s signature hunger relief program, providing meals in partnership with local food banks, like Island Harvest to people struggling with hunger.
In addition to the One Case- One Meal program, DiCarlo also donates over 1,000 lbs. of food a week to Island Harvest.
At our annual Food Show, we encourage the over 150 food manufacturers with booths to leave behind any food they wish to donate. When the show is over, Island Harvest comes to collect the surplus. This has been ongoing for over 10 years.