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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Island Harvest

A BBB Accredited charity


  • Meets all standards

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Island Harvest
199 2nd Street
Mineola, NY 11501
Year, State Incorporated:
1992, New York
Stated Purpose:
" Long Island's largest hunger relief organization, Island Harvest's mission is to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island. Volunteer and staff recover surplus food - perfectly good food that might otherwise go to waste - from hundreds of retailers, farms, distributors, wholesalers, food drives, and national partners. Then, Island Harvest distributes it to a network of 570 pantries, soup kitchens, and other community-based non-profit organizations with feeding programs, providing critical food support to stem the advancing tide of hunger across Long Island. In addition to food collection and distribution, Island Harvest conducted targeted hunger relief programs for children, seniors, veterans, and military families as well as education, advocacy, and hunger awareness. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Island Harvest meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.



Through a capacity building program, Island Harvest acquired a new facility in May, 2011 that includes additional warehouse and office space. This facility will allow Island Harvest to expand the amount of food it collects and distributes going forward.

Food Collection and Distribution Program: through which volunteers and staff collect good surplus food from 800 supermarkets, farmers, delis, caterers, restaurants, wholesalers, distributors, and manufacturers, as well as hundreds of food drives. They then distribute this food to a network of 570 local pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care and senior centers, Head Start programs, and other non-profit organizations with feeding programs.

Kids Weekend Backpack Feeding Program: through which Island Harvest provides weekly packs of nutritious, shelf stable food to children who rely on school meals but are not guaranteed enough to eat Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, when school is not in session.

Children’s Summer Feeding Service Program: which provides free lunches to children at-risk of hunger at recreation centers and other summer programs when school is out July and August.

Mobile Food Pantry: which provides nutritious, and appropriate food to mostly senior clients at subsidized housing complexes in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

MICAH (Mobilized Interfaith Coalition Against Hunger): which is a coalition of 400 community leaders representing 270 local congregations, uniting the faith community’s efforts to service and against hunger on Long Island.

Education, Advocacy, and Hunger Awarenes: to make the public aware of the serious and growing problem of hunger on Long Island and encouraged them to get involved and make a difference.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Randi Shubin Dresner, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Dave Widmer
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
President / Connoisseur Media Long Island
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements (newspapers, magazines, etc.), grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $27,107,345, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on Island Harvest's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  

Donated food






Golf, dinner, and other special events


Other income


Investment income


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Program Services

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Income in Excess of Expenses




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 97%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative 1% 
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Beginning net assets $3,240,809
Ending net assets 5,899,392
Total liabilities 137,247

Total assets



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