Bank of America branch in Oceanside. (Photo: BOA)
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Long Island food banks get $50K from BOA

Island Harvest Food Bank and Long Island Cares-The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank received a $50,000 donation from Bank of America to help address food insecurity on Long Island. 

This donation was part of the second phase of the bank’s employee booster campaign launched earlier this year, which provided $75,000 to Island Harvest and Long Island Cares.

The booster campaign encourages bank employees to receive an annual flu shot and/or coronavirus vaccine or booster, while also investing in the community. Bank of America donated $50 per shot to the organizations for each employee on Long Island who received a coronavirus vaccine, booster shot and/or flu shot before Nov. 23. 

With help from the bank’s donation, Island Harvest and Long Island Cares will be able to provide 52,500 meals to individuals and families across Long Island. Since the start of the pandemic, Bank of America has provided $575,000 to Island Harvest and Long Island Cares to support local hunger-relief efforts.

“The economic fallout from the coronavirus has significantly increased demand for services from Island Harvest and Long Island Cares,” Marc Perez, president of Bank of America Long Island, said in a company statement. “Despite the difficulties of recent years, these organizations have remained steadfast in their work to address food insecurity. Likewise, Bank of America continues to be deeply committed to supporting hunger relief efforts on Long Island.”

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