Finding help and supporting those impacted by the government shutdown
Feeding Westchester is relieved the shutdown has temporarily ended. We have seen firsthand the adverse consequences of the shutdown, as 800,000 federal employees and more than a million contract workers have gone without pay for 35 days. We remain committed to helping feed our federal employees, federal contractors, and 66,000 SNAP recipients in Westchester County affected by the longest government shutdown in U.S history.
With federal employee paychecks delayed by 5 weeks, no back-pay for contract workers and the potential threat to food assistance programs like SNAP, WIC, and School Meals, Feeding Westchester stands at the ready to help feed our neighbors.
In certain circumstances, like a government shutdown, budgets are suddenly stretched thin and the need for emergency food increases.
Feeding Westchester is encouraging federal employees, federal contractors, and any Westchester County resident in need to seek free food assistance through our network of 300 partners across Westchester County.
FIND HELP – Federal workers or anyone in need can use our interactive map to help locate services. By clicking on a specific location, visitors can access hours, contact information, and any special requirements.
Our mobile food pantry brings fresh protein, dairy, produce, and grains directly to areas where people congregate. Use our calendar to see the latest Mobile Pantry updates.
If you or someone you know needs extra support, please contact Feeding Westchester directly at 914-923-1100.
GIVE HELP – Feeding Westchester welcomes support during this time of need. You can:
- Volunteer – If you are looking for a meaningful and urgent way to make a difference, consider giving the gift of time. We always need volunteers to help us continue to serve our 200,000 neighbors, including 60,000 children struggling with hunger.
- Donate –To help Feeding Westchester continue our critical work and support families during this time of need, you can give online. Your generosity helps provide nutritious food to our hungry neighbors throughout the county. Thank you for your generosity and commitment to our mission.
Questions about SNAP?
SNAP recipients received their February benefits January 20th – which is earlier than usual. Additional funds will not be loaded onto Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) until March.
- The amount received on EBT cards on January 20 is the entire benefit for the month of February. This is not an extra SNAP benefit for January. It is important that families and individuals receiving SNAP budget and spend their February benefits with that in mind.