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. 1 in 5 people in Westchester will experience food insecurity this year.
We’re Here to Change That
Feeding Westchester is at the heart of a network that expertly sources and distributes food and resources to feed people who are hungry in every town in Westchester, nourishing all who are in need.
Our impact is large. Working with more than 300 local partners, we serve nearly 200,000 people each year. We supply 95 percent of all food distributed annually across the region’s food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and daycare and residential programs – delivering over 8.4 million pounds of food and 7.5 million meals to people in 2017. Our collaboration with major retailers and corporations, and our expertise in food procurement, storage, and distribution, turns every monetary donation into fresh food for our community.
Our ambitions are large too. We don’t just feed people. We also help people learn to shop, cook and eat healthy on a limited budget, and we advocate for preservation and improvement of the public “safety net” programs that provide life-saving food to struggling families. With your help, no one in Westchester will go hungry.
HUNGER BY THE NUMBERS IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY
200,000 Westchester residents, count on Feeding Westchester to provide access to nutritious food. While the numbers are staggering, we believe that hunger is a solvable problem in our community.
For many of these children, school meals may be the only ones they eat.