Kimco employees give back with Island Harvest Food Drive
Three Kimco shopping centers, 24 Kimco employees, and dozens of gracious community members came together yet again to help more than 300,000 Long Islanders in need of a meal this holiday season. On November 18, we held our annual Island Harvest Food Drive at Munsey Park Plaza, Merrick Commons, and Manetto Hill Plaza, and it was one for the books. Across all three centers, we gathered 2,479 pounds of food, supplementing approximately 2,066 meals. We also collected $828 in cash, providing an additional 1,380 meals to local families. One woman single-handedly donated four turkeys and $200 worth of food products — a true testament to the community’s holiday spirit and willingness to assist others.
Thanks to Kimco’s Community Connection program, employees are allotted two fully paid volunteer days each year to volunteer for causes decided upon by their Kimco office, or local non-profit organizations of their choosing. We’ve worked with Island Harvest for over 10 years, and participating in the food drive has become an employee-volunteer favorite at our New Hyde Park office, which also collected 270 pounds of food. Our CEO Conor Flynn and Chief Information Officer Tom Taddeo even made special appearances at the three drop-off centers to show their support.
Along with frozen turkeys, we collected fresh produce — everything from apples to zucchini — to provide local families in need with additional nutritional value this holiday season. In fact, we strategically host the food drives at our grocery-anchored shopping centers so that interested community members can easily pick up the items they would like to contribute.
Here at Kimco, we take great pride in giving back to the communities in which we operate. From of all of us, thanks to everyone who donated and participated in this year’s Island Harvest Food Drive! To find out how you can get involved with Island Harvest, check out http://www.islandharvest.org/.