Wearing white pot-holder-like mittens to keep their hands warm, representatives from Tyson Foods and Stop & Shop formed a human chain Tuesday to help unload 29,000 pounds of frozen chicken from a delivery truck at the Long Island Cares warehouse in Hauppauge.
As part of its Know Hunger campaign, Tyson Foods joined with the supermarket chain to donate the boneless chicken to Long Island Cares and Island Harvest, two nonprofits that work with regional food pantries to provide food for the hungry.
Stop & Shop public relations manager Arlene Putterman said the chicken will be split between the two recipients and is expected to feed about 3,000 families.
Stop & Shop also presented each organization with a check for more than $60,000.
Long Island Cares executive director Paul Pachter said the partnership between all of the organizations involved is crucial to help feed the Long Islanders in need.
"Hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders will be suffering unnecessarily this year," he said, as they continue to have to choose between things like medical care and putting dinner on the table. He said the support of groups like Tyson and Stop & Shop goes a long way.
Frank Stanton, Tyson’s director of customer development for the northeast region, said Tyson donates chicken to organizations across the country. The company will have donated a million pounds of chicken by the end of this month, he said, and has given out 78 million pounds in the past decade.
"While those numbers are big," he said, "they don't come anywhere close to meeting the total need. We strive to use events like this to raise awareness of hunger in the United States."
Photo: Representatives from Tyson Foods and Stop & Shop unload frozen chicken being donated to Island Harvest and Long Island Cares. (March 22, 2011)