TD Bank had donated $5,000 to one of Long Island Cares - The Harry Chapin Food Bank's after-school programs just ahead of the 2012-13 school year.
, a Hauppauge-based food bank, offers a Kids Cafe After-School Food and Mentoring program throughout Long Island. A eleven locations in Suffolk and Nassau counties, it offers at-risk children a place to stop in and get a snack, help with homework, mentoring and play immediately after school instead of going home to an often empty house. It serves approximately 750 children.
"Many children experiencing hunger and living in poverty leave school at the end of the day and head to an empty home, shelter or some other type of transitional housing environment where there is limited access to food and no appropriate space to do homework, play or safely socialize," said Mildred Montes, child nutrition program specialist for Long Island Cares, in a statement. "Kids Cafes offer these children an alternative where they are assured a nutritious meal, safe supervision, homework help and recreation with their peers and we're grateful to TD for their contribution to this important program."
The donation was made through the TD Charitable Foundation, a charitable group funded by TD Bank, whose mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Bank operates. It has donated $88.6 million dollars since 2002.
"We are proud to support organizations like Long Island Cares, which positively affect communities where our customers and employees live and work," said Lisa Holland, senior vice president for retail for TD Bank in Southern New York and Long Island, in a statement.