60,000 children in Westchester County live in poverty low enough to federally qualify them to receive free or reduced-price school lunch. This is equivalent to one out of every three school children in the county – a staggering statistic. And school meals may be the only meals these children eat. Many go hungry over the weekend and when school is not in session.
But we’re here to help.
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.
At our Food Growing Program sites across the county, children learn how to grow their own food. The harvests become class meals, or are distributed directly to clients via our Mobile Food Pantry program.
Children also benefit from our Mobile Food Pantry and Food Assistance Programs. At these distributions, their families choose the nutritious food items that are right for them.