Hunger Action Month Campaign Aims to Inspire the Westchester Community to Get Involved and Ensure that Food Isn’t an Impossible Choice for Our Neighbors Facing Hunger
ELMSFORD, NY – September 1, 2021 – For Hunger Action Month® this September, Feeding Westchester joins Feeding America and other network member food banks to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of people facing the impossible choice of hunger. Food banks around the country are working to make a real and lasting impact on food insecurity in their communities, and they are asking for the public’s support.
September marks the 14th year Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a nationwide network of 200 food banks, including Feeding Westchester and its nearly 300 community partners and meal programs, has organized the annual call to action. This year’s campaign presents the impossible choices that millions of Americans – including hundreds of thousands right here in Westchester – must make between food and other basic needs.
“This Hunger Action Month, we continue to see an incredibly increased need – one that has not diminished – for food across Westchester County,” said Karen C. Erren, President and CEO of Feeding Westchester. “The support of our community – donors, volunteers, advocates, corporate partners, community groups, retail recovery partners – is critical as we strive to educate and inspire others to get involved in hunger relief, and join us in our shared mission to nourish our neighbors in the fight against hunger.”
During the month of September, the Westchester community can get involved in the movement by learning, committing, and speaking up about ways to ending hunger, including:
“For many, a daily meal is a simple choice of what to eat,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “For people facing hunger, a daily meal poses a very different type of choice. It’s often an impossible decision between food or other crucial needs, such as electricity, childcare, or medicine. Nobody should be forced to make a choice to go hungry. With the public’s support, we can come together to help people achieve long-term food security, so they no longer have to make such tough decisions.”
Hunger Action Month is a time to mobilize to alleviate and end hunger. You can choose to donate or advocate. You can choose to volunteer or raise awareness. You can choose to help end hunger. Learn more about how you can take action today by visiting feedingwestchester.org/hungeractionmonth.
Every $1 donated to Feeding Westchester provides up to three meals for local children, seniors, and families struggling with hunger. To find help, or to give help, visit feedingwestchester.org or call (914) 923-1100. For the latest news and updates, follow @FeedingWestchester on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and @FeedWestchester on Twitter.
About Feeding Westchester
Feeding Westchester is the county’s leading nonprofit hunger-relief organization at the heart of a network of nearly 300 community partners and programs. With a mission to nourish their neighbors in the fight against hunger, the organization sources and distributes good, nutritious food and other resources throughout every community in Westchester County. In 2020, Feeding Westchester delivered 22 million pounds of food or 18.4 million meals through soup kitchens, food pantries, schools, shelters, residential programs, and mobile distributions. The nonprofit is committed to creating a community where all people have access to the food they need today, and the fundamental resources to build a better tomorrow. Feeding Westchester is located at 200 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford, NY 10523. For more information, visit feedingwestchester.org.
About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.