Feeding Westchester

September is Hunger Action Month

22 Ways to Support Your Community This September

There are so many opportunities for you to help people here in Westchester. Here are a few things to try this September to really make a difference.

1. Donate food at Ridge Hill  

Drop off food items at Ridge Hill shopping mall during Hunger Action Month. Take these most-needed items to Guest Services during your visit! 

Fit on the Hill is hosted on Wednesdays throughout the month at the Town Square Lawn. Take your exercise routine to the next level during this outdoor workout session led by L.A. Fitness at 6 to 7 p.m. and bring your food donations with you. 


2. Listen to a hunger-relief podcast 

Awareness is the first step of hunger relief. Plus, podcasts are a great way to learn more about a topic you’re interested in, even while you are working or driving.  

“Elevating Voices, Ending Hunger” is Feeding America’s conversational series featuring change makers and everyday leaders disrupting the status quo to end systems of inequity that drive food insecurity in the United States. Host Ami McReynolds, Chief Equity and Programs Officer with Feeding America, talks with grassroots community leaders, hunger-relief supporters, and people facing hunger, each of whom bring unique contributions to a collective effort to end hunger.  



3. Take yourself to dinner (and help others get food, too)  

Did you know you can go out to eat and support our mission at the same time? 

Our Eating for Orange campaign, in partnership with IntoxiKate, spans the month of September. Participate by going out to dinner at any of these participating restaurants, each be serving an orange-inspired dish to raise awareness about hunger.

Post a photo with the hashtags below on social media; IntoxiKate will donate $1 for every post. You will also be entered to win a collection of gift cards from participating restaurants. Winners will be announced October 5, 2022.

Find the full list of restaurants here 

#eatingfororange #intoxikate #feedingwestchester #hungeractionmonth   


4. Advocate for families across Westchester and New York

This Hunger Action Month, Feeding New York State is calling on our lawmakers to invest in policies and programs that have been proven to lift millions of families from poverty and reduce hunger.

Please join us in asking your reps! Sign this petition to encourage them to: 

  1. Pass the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act, the long overdue Child Nutrition Authorization (CNR) legislation
  2. Fortify and extend the expanded Child Tax Credit, Emergency Rental Assistance, and SNAP Emergency Allotments in upcoming FY23 Appropriations
  3. Ensure policy recommendations released at the White House Conference on Hunger, Health, and Nutrition are reflective of individuals with lived expertise and are implemented equitably and transparently

For future advocacy opportunities, be sure to sign up for our Advocacy Action alerts, here 


5. Host a fundraiser  

Hosting a fundraiser is a great way to give back to your community. You can easily tap into the power of your social network, share out a link, and start collecting donations for the fight against hunger.  Start your fundraiser here

8. Try a healthy recipe  

Our nutritionists write recipes that our neighbors can make with the fresh produce they receive from our partners and programs. Check out these scrumptious and nutritious meals and try them yourself!

9. Grab Coffee from The Peekskill Coffee House 

Our generous partners at this popular Peekskill mainstay will be supporting our mission throughout September. Stop by their store for for a bag of coffee and they will donate $1 for each sold. 

There will also be an opportunity to donate at the register, as well as a raffle for four $50 gift cards to the Peekskill Coffee House! 


10. Help fill 30 donation bins in 30 days 

We need your help filling one food donation bin every day during Hunger Action Month! We can’t accomplish this without you: Take the challenge, donate to our food drive, and join our mission to nourish our neighbors in the fight against hunger. 

Collect these food items and drop them off Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. 


11. Shop to support  

You can shop at some of your favorite stores and they’ll give back to our mission! For instance, if you designate Feeding Westchester as your charity of choice on AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to us!


12. Go ice skating  

Head to Westchester Skating Academy (WSA) in Elmsford on Saturday, September 10 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. for public skating! WSA will be donating a portion of the entrance cost to Feeding Westchester.


13. Take this cool Volunteer Personality Quiz  

Find out what type of volunteer you are with this awesome quiz from Volunteer New York!  



14. Sign up for a volunteer shift  

After you’ve found out what volunteer personality you have, sign up for a shift to help your neighbors in need. Learn more about volunteering with Feeding Westchester here. 

Volunteer New York! has a nifty tool here that calculates how much free time you have to volunteer, according to you unique schedule. 


15. See who’s fighting hunger near you 

Find out which of our partner food pantries and feeding programs are in your town with our agency locator! 

16. Grab a cocktail with your peeps

The Eating for Orange campaign has plenty of beverage options, too. Head to some of the restaurants listed below to try their orange-inspired cocktails or concoctions!

Don’t forget to post a pic with the below hashtags to have $1 donated to Feeding Westchester. That dollar can help us provide up to three meals for someone in our county!  


#eatingfororange #intoxikate #feedingwestchester #hungeractionmonth   


17. Take a virtual tour of our Distribution Center  

The Feeding Westchester Distribution Center is the heart of a hunger-relief network that feeds thousands of our neighbors in need each month. Take this virtual tour for an inside look at how our team makes it all happen. 


18. Get a Foodie Card  

Foodie Card offers a membership to receive discounts at over 1800 restaurants across the NY tri-state including over 250 in Westchester County.

For every Foodie Card purchased, not only will you get discounts at restaurants, but you’ll also help feed someone in need for an entire day! That means 3 whole meals are donated when you sign up.

You can get an exclusive 50% your membership during Hunger Action Month! Click here to sign up.



19. Do good with a group 

Making these Help from Home meal bags is a great way to help your community and bond with your friends, family, or organization.  

These bags, filled with seasonal meals, are perfect to put together at home, work, or wherever you are. Students can receive service hours from this project as well! 


20. Eat ice cream for a cause  

On Wednesday, September 21, join IntoxiKate at at Penny Lick Ice Cream in Hastings-on-Hudson for Scoops for a Cause. Between 6 to 8 p.m. IntoxiKate’s Kate Schlientz will be scooping, and a portion of the sales with be donated to Feeding Westchester. 

21. Hunger Action Day!

September 23 is Hunger Action Day, the culmination of all our efforts during the month of September. 

Join a concerted effort across Westchester County to draw attention to the problem of hunger in our community. To participate: 

  • Wear orange: a hat, a shirt, shoes, or even a bracelet! 

  • Stop to see the Mario Cuomo Bridge lit up in stunning orange lights. It’s a wonderful sight, so you have take a moment to see it for yourself.

  • Post a photo of either you wearing orange or of the bridge and share it on social media! Every pic shared only strengthens our efforts to raise awareness this month. Use the hashtags #hungeractionmonth and #feedingwestchester. 

22. Get classy with this cocktail club 

Experience IntoxiKate’s Cocktail Club at The Greekish in Harrison on Thursday, September 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. You’ll learn how to create an orange cocktail, and $5 from your ticket purchase will come directly to us. 


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