Food Bank For Westchester Provides Food For Over 225 Front-Line Hunger Relief Programs
Elmsford, New York – In the midst of the holiday season, and less than two months after Hurricane Sandy hit New York, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Nita Lowey will volunteer at the Food Bank for Westchester in Elmsford, NY on Monday, December 17 at 12:30 PM, working with students from the Ossining High School Life Skills program and other Food Bank volunteers to pack individual backpacks with food items that will be distributed to schools, after school programs, and other day care and community action programs for children in need of nutritious food.
The BackPack Program is designed to help alleviate child hunger by providing hungry and at-risk children with nutritious, easy-to-prepare food at times when other resources are not available, such as during weekends and school vacations. Children receiving BackPacks are likely to share the food with siblings and other family members, so the backpacks are designed to include food items that can be easily shared or can contribute to a family meal.
The Food Bank for Westchester is the backbone of the county’s emergency food distribution network. It solicits, acquires, warehouses and distributes food to over 225 front-line hunger relief programs throughout the county, including food pantries, soup kitchens, adult and day-care centers, shelters and residential programs. The Food Bank delivers 10 to 12 tons of food a day and more than seven million pounds of food a year.
DATE: Monday, December 17, 2012
TIME: 12:30 PM
PLACE: Food Bank for Westchester, 200 Clearbrook Road (entrance in rear of building), Elmsford, NY.