WE TACKLE HUNGER FROM ALL ANGLES
Because we work on the front lines of hunger, we know how difficult it can be for low-income families to eat healthily. Many lack the time, tools and skills to find and prepare healthy foods, or the cost of healthy groceries is simply out of reach.
Feeding Westchester offers resources and education for a lifetime of healthier eating.
Feeding Westchester’s partnering agencies often also need a helping hand to better serve our hungry Westchester residents. We help build the capacity of these 300 local organizations, passing our knowledge, expertise, and grant funds on to them for a stronger Westchester.
WE TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO SHOP, COOK, AND EAT ON A BUDGET
Our hands-on cooking and nutrition classes reach thousands of people every year, transforming meals for generations of families. Our “Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY)” Program provides low-income families with practical, cost-effective tips for increasing fruit and vegetable consumption. A licensed nutritionist from Feeding Westchester works with our agencies to provide hands-on nutrition education workshops and cooking demonstrations. Each workshop provides practical nutrition information using USDA approved lesson plans and recipes, using fresh fruits and vegetables. This helps to raise awareness about eating nutritious foods and preparing them in a safe manner.
WE EMPOWER FAMILIES TO PURCHASE THEIR OWN HEALTHY FOOD
Feeding Westchester provides information to Westchester residents about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also called 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 seniors and the disabled 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 extend 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.
WE TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO GROW ORGANIC PRODUCE RIGHT HERE IN WESTCHESTER
Our farms and gardens encourage physical activity, relieve stress and improve moods – while teaching practical life skills. Best of all, Feeding Westchester’s farm program yields nutritious harvests of cucumbers, eggplants and perfectly ripe summer tomatoes, along with many other delicious crops, all of which we distribute free of charge.