Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00
Island Harvest (“A Food Bank for Long Island”) describes its mission as “Fighting Hunger, Touching Lives.” You could certainly say that the mission of the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) is “Promoting Fitness, Touching Lives.” So it is quite natural that the Club would find a way to combine resources in some way with Island Harvest to do good things together!
Island Harvest will be a beneficiary of the 2012 Runner’s Edge-TOBAY Triathlon, and everyone will be urged to bring a canned or packaged non-perishable item of food to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in August for collection and distribution to people who are hungry on Long Island.Perhaps even more to the point, the Club will be making arrangements with Island Harvest for “food recovery” at many of our events. Since the Club always tries to make sure that there are enough post-race refreshments at its events, there is a tendency to “overbuy.” Very often there are boxes of bananas and bags of bagels left over and, sad to say, a lot of stuff is wasted.
The new partnership began at the Feb. 11 RunNassau Race #1 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, where three cases of extra bananas and three bags of excess bagels were turned over to Island Harvest to help feed those who need it most.