Andrew Rubino, SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Dunkin’ donated 1,000 pounds of coffee to the Food Bank of Central New York on Wednesday. The donation is worth over $10,000, according to Eric Stensland, an integrated marketing manager for Dunkin’.
“Coffee offers normalcy to families, so you don’t feel like you’re in distress. So it’s really an opportunity to just serve something that you get everyday,” said Kathleen Stress, the executive director of the Food Bank of central New York.
Stress said she expects the food bank to run out of coffee by next week. Many of the food bank items are fruits and vegetables. Stress said she understands that coffee is a unique item for food bank users.
“We’ve had 40 degree days already starting in the beginning of fall, right? So nobody wants to be chilly, and a nice cup of coffee gives you a perk in the day, it’s warming,” Stress said.
The donation by Dunkin’ ends a charitable promise regarding Central New York sports teams. For every goal or run scored by the Utica Comets hockey team, Syracuse Crunch hockey team, Utica City FC indoor soccer team and the Syracuse Mets baseball team in the teams’ most previous season, Dunkin’ pledged a pound of coffee.
The Food Bank of central New York serves 11 counties in Central and Northern New York.