The holidays are a time to be grateful for what we have—especially for what we often take for granted. This year, Makers Nutrition, a full-service dietary supplement manufacturing company, wanted to help fellow Islanders who are enduring tough times. Contributing to an in-office food drive, Makers Nutrition collected 1,634 pounds total in non-perishable foods to donate to Island Harvest.
“We are absolutely thrilled to give back to the community, especially during the holidays,” said Stephen Finnegan, General Manager of Makers Nutrition. “To make sure we collected as much as possible, we added a little competition to the mix. Splitting the office into two teams, the group that contributed the most in weight would enjoy dressing casually for a whole week. The minute they heard the prize, employees began contributing to the food drive. They were especially willing to give when they read Newsday’s statistics of the poverty rate on Long Island.”
Long Island’s poverty rate is at its highest since 1959. 185,415 residents fall below the federal poverty line, according to the Long Island Association (newsday). “That was shocking to learn, but we are just happy Makers Nutrition was able to help so many local residents and families on the island. We are more than pleased with the outcome of 1,634 pounds for Island Harvest to distribute to those in need this holiday season,” said Finnegan.
About Island Harvest Food Bank
Island Harvest Food Bank is a leading hunger-relief organization that provides food and other resources to people in need. Always treating those it helps with dignity and respect, its goal is to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island through efficient food collection and distribution; enhanced hunger-awareness and nutrition-education programs; job training; and direct services targeted at children, senior citizens, veterans, and others at risk of food insecurity. As a result of Island Harvest Food Bank’s dynamic business model, more than 94 percent of expended resources go directly to programs and services that support over 316,000 Long Islanders facing hunger. Island Harvest Food Bank is a lead agency in the region’s emergency response preparedness for food and product distribution, and is a member of Feeding America® , the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization. Island Harvest is a four-star-rated nonprofit by Charity Navigator, an independent charity watchdog organization. More information can be found at www.islandharvest.org .
About Makers Nutrition
Makers Nutrition is a fast-growing manufacturer of dietary supplement specializing in capsules, tablets, powders, softgels, and liquids. Our mission is to provide dietary supplement companies a full turnkey solution for contract manufacturing, order fulfillment, packaging, graphic design, and customer service.