Hunger in Westchester

Who Is Hungry in Our Community?

You may be surprised to learn that children and adults from all walks of life go hungry, in every community across Westchester. Your neighbor, your child’s classmate, or even your coworker may struggle to get enough to eat.

Hunger is here right where we live. Although many in Westchester are wealthy, wages remain low and stagnant for the working poor. And with fixed expenses like rent and childcare on the rise, groceries are often the first line slashed in a household’s budget.

Millions of Missing Meals

We provide more than seven million meals to people who are hungry across the county every year. But that’s not enough. Our data shows that each year, people in Westchester go without another ten million meals.

They’re missing these meals because they are food insecure. Hunger is what you feel when you don’t have enough to eat. Food insecurity is the set of circumstances that prevent access to food. People facing food insecurity and hunger often miss meals and rely on the only food they can afford — cheap choices high in calories but low in nutrients. The numbers are staggering. One in three people in Westchester will experience food insecurity this year.