Research: About 300,000 Long Islanders are food insecure

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The latest research from the organization Feeding America shows that 1 in 8 Americans, or about 40 million people, are what's called food insecure. On Long Island, it's 1 in 10, or about 300,000 people.

At Island Harvest's Hauppauge warehouse, shifting and sorting food donations is a nonstop process.

President and CEO Randi Shubin Dresner says being food insecure means you're unsure from where you next consistent, healthy meal will come.

Island Harvest accepts monetary and food donations from private residents. But the bulk of the food received comes from partnerships with big businesses, like supermarkets such as Stop & Shop.

The organization moves about 11 million pounds of food a year, which equates to about 10 million meals.

Island Harvest employees also help people sign up for the SNAP food stamp program.

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