Getting nourishing food to the community requires a robust infrastructure and a high degree of coordination. We secure food and donations from national food and grocery manufacturers, retailers, shippers, packers, and growers, and from government agencies and other entities.
The food we safely recover doesn’t just change lives—it saves food from becoming waste, diverting millions of pounds from landfills.
This specialized 26-foot refrigerated truck brings a “market on wheels” to underserved communities so that fresh, nutritious foods can be delivered directly to those who need it. View our Mobile Food Pantry Schedule here.
With the help of committed supporters like you, and the partnership of our dedicated community partners and meal programs, more than 40 percent of the food we distribute is fresh fruits and vegetables.
Green Thumb mobilizes devoted volunteers to pack bags full of fresh, seasonal produce for delivery to community partners and meal programs every week.
In Westchester, 19% of children are food insecure. Through partnerships with local schools, daycares, libraries, and other organizations children receive nutritious, kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare food, when otherwise they may go without.
Children are able to receive food through our child-feeding bags, school pantries, and our Mobile Food Pantry. Through these distributions, children and families are able to receive nutritious food items that are right for them, and avoid any gaps in meals.
Feeding Westchester provides children with the nutritious, kid-friendly and easy-to-prepare food they need on the weekends. Each year we assemble nearly 60,000 “BackPacks” of child-friendly meals food for elementary school children who need it most. Each pack contains more than seven pounds of food, which is enough for six meals or more that kids can microwave or prepare even when adults aren’t home.
Our Senior Grocery Program encourages better health and promotes independent living for seniors and neighbors with disabilities by bringing fresh produce and other food directly to where they live or gather.
Through a combination of improved food access, targeted clinical care, and other community resources, RX Pantries help eliminate some of the barriers to improved health and well-being. The program is a collaborative project involving healthcare facilities including hospitals and clinics.
Feeding Westchester provides information to Westchester residents about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, originally food stamps) and has a full-time coordinator who makes home visits to seniors and the disabled to assist them in the screening and application process.
For those who may already be overwhelmed by their circumstances, the assistance provided by Feeding Westchester makes it possible for them to preserve their dignity and independence. Besides helping to provide food dollars for SNAP beneficiaries, the program has additional benefits.
In places where SNAP enrollment has increased, it has become a means of local economic growth, bringing millions of dollars each year into the local economy. The money helps to sustain communities, grocery stores, and local food retailers.
You can use USDA’s MyPlate website to find Westchester stores that accept SNAP EBT near you.
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The Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY) Program provides low-income families with practical, cost-effective tips for increasing fruit and vegetable consumption. Our licensed nutritionists work directly with our community partners and meal programs to provide hands-on nutrition education workshops, cooking demonstrations, USDA-approved recipes, and more. View Nutrition Education Videos
We work with our community partners and meal programs on food safety guidance to keep our neighbors healthy and safe, and the programs certified and compliant.
Our brand ambassadors, individual supporters, community, corporate, and foundation partners are integral to alleviating hunger throughout Westchester. Through financial support, food donations, and grants, your support makes a direct impact within the community.
We are at the heart of a network that expertly sources and distributes food and resources to feed children, seniors, and families throughout Westchester.
Feeding Westchester is an independent, registered nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.