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New York Mets launch “Feeding the Big Apple” program

Citi Field. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

The New York Mets announced on Thursday the launch of the ‘Feeding the Big Apple” program presented by The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. The program will be a season-long hunger relief initiative that starts on Friday, April 20 with the first of 12 Food Drives at Citi Field.

Throughout the year, current Mets-stars will participate in the activities helping out long-time partners City Harvest, Citymeals-on-Wheels, Island Harvest, Rock and Wrap It Up, and fans can make sure to watch for very special public service announcements to help raise awareness for these programs.

“With thousands of New Yorkers going hungry every day, we thought it was critical to find a way to help and bring attention to this growing problem,” said David Howard, Executive Vice President, Business Operations, Mets. “Our partners at Hain Celestial share our commitment for helping our community, and together with our fans and the leading hunger-relief organizations in New York, we’ll help feed the Big Apple.”

Fans can drop off canned or dry foods at every Friday home game at the City Harvest or Island Harvest truck next to the Shea Home Run Apple on Mets Plaza in front of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. For anyone wanting more information can do so by visiting the link below:

http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/community/food_drive.jsp

About Hain Celestial

The Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ: HAIN), headquartered in Melville, NY, is a leading natural and organic products company in North America and Europe. Hain Celestial participates in many natural categories with well-known brands that include Celestial Seasonings®, Earth’s Best®, Terra®, Garden of Eatin’®, Sensible Portions®, Health Valley®, Arrowhead Mills®, MaraNatha®, SunSpire®, DeBoles®, Gluten Free Café™, Hain Pure Foods®, Hollywood®, Spectrum Naturals®, Spectrum Essentials®, Walnut Acres Organic®, Imagine®, Almond Dream®, Rice Dream®, Soy Dream®, WestSoy®, The Greek Gods®, Ethnic Gourmet®, Yves Veggie Cuisine®, Europe’s Best®, New Covent Garden Soup Co.®, Johnson’s Juice Co.®, Farmhouse Fare®, Linda McCartney®, Daily Bread™, Lima®, Danival®, GG UniqueFiber®, Grains Noirs®, Natumi®, JASON®, Zia® Natural Skincare, Avalon Organics®, Alba Botanica®, Queen Helene®, Earth’s Best TenderCare® and Martha Stewart Clean™.  Hain Celestial has been providing “A Healthy Way of Life™” since 1993.  For more information, visit www.hain-celestial.com.

About City Harvest

Now serving New York City for 30 years, City Harvest (www.CityHarvest.org) is the world’s first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women, and children. This year, City Harvest will collect more than 33 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms. This food is then delivered free of charge to some 600 community food programs throughout New York City by a fleet of trucks and bikes. City Harvest helps feed the more than one million New Yorkers that face hunger each year.

About Citymeals-on-Wheels

Founded in 1981, Citymeals-on-Wheels is a not-for-profit organization that raises private funds to prepare and  deliver weekend, holiday and emergency meals to the homebound elderly throughout the boroughs of New York City.  Last year, Citymeals underwrote the preparation and delivery of over 1.7 million meals to 16,500 aged New Yorkers. One hundred percent of public donations to Citymeals goes toward the preparation and delivery of meals for homebound elderly. For more information, visit www.citymeals.org.

About Island Harvest

Island Harvest serves as the bridge between those with surplus food and those who need it, supplying nearly 570 community-based nonprofit organizations on Long Island with critical food support to help stem the advancing tide of hunger in our communities. For more information about Island Harvest, visit www.islandharvest.org.

About Rock and Wrap it Up!

Rock and Wrap It Up! is the premier food recovery charity in all of sports. For the past seven years, Rock and Wrap It Up! partnering churches and pantries recover unsold concession food from the New York Mets. Rock and Wrap It Up! and the Mets sponsor Mets Snack Wrap! in schools, encouraging youngsters to donate healthy snacks and keep them out of land fill.

Written on April 19, 2012

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