Taking to Twitter, the esteemed ‘Piano Man’ himself revealed that he has been hard at work to supply the most vulnerable with fresh and nutritious food during the global pandemic that is taking the world by storm.
“We have teamed up with Long Island Care to support their work during the current economic crises facing so many across Long Island,” began the five-time Grammy Award winner.
“This is an organization that was founded by singer/songwriter/philanthropist Harry Chapin in order to feed Long Island’s needy families. We have a long standing relationship and have supported their work with food pantries and soup kitchens across Long Island for the past decade.”
“Due to the pandemic, there is an increase in need for nutritious food and a lack of volunteers. Given the risks associated with the virus, many food pantries are dealing with the loss of staff,” Billy Joel continued.
As New York continues its widespread lockdown, along with thousands of employees being stood down for their job, the need for food and supplies have never been greater, as the decorated pianist detailed.
“After hearing about this situation, we purchased freezer units and additional equipment that are being installed in their Hampton Bays facility. The new equipment will service the entire East End and will now allow for transport of perishables and frozen goods to the East End pantries and soup kitchens.”
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Billy Joel is hopeful that his teaming with Harry Chapin’s foundation will bring considerable relief to those New Yorkers suffering the widespread effects of COVID-19, as “many have lost their jobs and face job uncertainty as a result” of the pandemic, which is only expected to continue to “increase within the next 1-2 months.”