Elara Partners With Island Harvest to Provide Food Relief to the Hungry

Posted on January 23, 2012

Jericho, NY — Elara Foodservice Disposables LLC, a socially responsible manufacturer of single-use gloves, cutlery and related products used by restaurants and institutions, and Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, have teamed up to help Long Islander’s struggling with hunger.

Under its signature “One Case/One Meal” program, Elara is providing the financial equivalent of one meal directly to Island Harvest for every case of products it sells in the region. Since May, 2011 Elara has already contributed the equivalent of over 60,000 meals through the program to directly benefit those accessing Long Island’s soup kitchens, food banks and emergency feeding programs served by Island Harvest.

“Island Harvest is the recognized leader in providing essential food support services to nearly 300,000 men, women and children who are food insecure right here on Long Island,” said Dan Grinberg, founder and president of Elara who also serves on Island Harvest’s board of directors. “Our partnership with Island Harvest assures our customers that they, in turn, are also helping those who may not have enough to eat. Elara believes that when like-minded individuals and organizations join forces for a common goal, great outcomes can be achieved.”

“Dan Grinberg and Elara know how important it is to address the growing issue of hunger in our communities,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO, Island Harvest. “Their generous support is not only heartwarming and welcome, but it also highlights Elara’s leadership position in showing how a for-profit business can incorporate an important philanthropic component within its business model.”

Outside of the Long Island area, Elara partners with other hunger relief organizations, enabling the One Case/One Meal program to be conducted nationally.

About Island Harvest

Fighting hunger and touching lives, Island Harvest serves as the bridge between those who have surplus food and those who need it, supplying over 570 community-based nonprofit organizations on Long Island with critical food support to help stem the advancing tide of hunger in our communities. Island Harvest has delivered more than 71 million pounds of food, supplementing nearly 54 million meals, since its inception in 1992. In support of its mission to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island, the organization is actively involved in education, outreach, advocacy, job training and hunger awareness programs. Island Harvest is a member of Feeding America. For more information about Island Harvest, visit http://www.islandharvest.org.

About Elara Foodservice Disposables LLC

Elara Foodservice Disposables is a designer and producer of high quality food contact gloves, plastic cutlery, food storage bags and related products for restaurant and institutional foodservice operators. Elara also has a social mission built into its DNA- fighting hunger. For every case of product it sells, Elara provides a meal for someone struggling with hunger. Headquartered in Jericho, NY, Elara was founded by Dan Grinberg, a recognized supporter of hunger relief who previously built and sold Food Handler Inc. For more information about Elara Foodservice Disposables, visit http://elaradisposables.com.

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