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Zorn’s of Bethpage Makes Last Food Donations from Iconic 80-Year Business Before Move to New Home

~Food Given to Island Harvest & The INN~ 


After over 80 years in business, the iconic Zorn’s of Bethpage marked the end of an era and the start of a new one with its Owner/President Merrill Zorn recently making brief remarks at a special ceremony after closing the doors of its historical location in anticipation of moving into its new store located directly next door that is now currently opened, transitioning from its old building to its new just a few short days after. The day after having closed its iconic store, Zorn’s of Bethpage made its last food donation from its historic location to Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, and The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network), an organization that provides a variety of essential services to assist individuals challenged by hunger, homelessness and profound poverty.

“As a longstanding business of over eight decades in the Long Island community, Zorn’s of Bethpage has always been committed to giving food to organizations like The INN and Island Harvest in support of hungry families,” said Ms. Zorn. “Donating the last of our food from our iconic store to The INN and Island Harvest was extra special for us as it assured that the food leaving our longstanding location was going toward making a difference in the lives of others, which coincides with what our charitable goal in giving back has always been about. It is our plan to continue making food donations to these organizations and others as we begin our next exciting chapter at our new store.”

“Zorn’s of Bethpage has created many cherished memories and established great traditions for generations of Long Islanders, so it’s especially heartwarming for it to make its last donation to help its neighbors who may be struggling with hunger and food insecurity,” commented Randi Shubin Dresner, president & CEO, Island Harvest Food Bank. “Zorn’s of Bethpage has been a valued partner with us in the fight against hunger since our founding in 1992 and we wish it and their staff all the very best in their new location.”

“It was a beautiful gesture for Merrill Zorn and the iconic Zorn’s of Bethpage to make The INN one of the recipients of the final donation of food from the location it has worked out of for so many years,” said Jean Kelly, Executive Director of The INN. “We look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with Zorn’s of Bethpage, as it has helped support our goal of serving hungry and homeless Long Islanders by providing us with donations of its delicious food and other support for decades. We wish it lots of success in the next chapter of its journey.”

Trays of food, fresh milk, eggs, and perishable items were loaded into vans by Zorn’s of Bethpage staff and volunteers.  Zorn’s of Bethpage has been donating food to The INN, Island Harvest and other organizations for over 25 years and will continue this effort at its new building and store. 

With Zorn’s of Bethpage’s new store now opened there will be a special community open event and grand opening held in a few weeks with more details to come.

For more information about Zorn’s of Bethpage and its new store, please visit zornsofbethpage.com or call 516-731-5500. 

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