Food Bank for Westchester to Host 19th Annual An Evening in Good Taste - Event to benefit hungry children in Westchester

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The Food Bank for Westchester, which is celebrating its 20th year of fighting hunger in Westchester, will host An Evening in Good Taste, to help end childhood hunger in Westchester County. The event will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2009, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at 1133 Westchester Avenue, White Plains. The event's Title Sponsor is Entergy and Host Sponsor is RPW Group.

The Food Bank for Westchester, which is celebrating its 20th year of fighting hunger in Westchester, will host An Evening in Good Taste, to help end childhood hunger in Westchester County. The event will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2009, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at 1133 Westchester Avenue, White Plains. The event's Title Sponsor is Entergy and Host Sponsor is RPW Group.

An Evening in Good Taste will showcase the culinary talents of Westchester County chefs representing the following restaurants:

  • 80 West, White Plains
  • Abigail Kirsch, Tarrytown
  • AJs Burgers & America's Favorite Foods, New Rochelle
  • Bedford Post, Bedford
  • Cellar 49, Tarrytown
  • Connie's Bakery & General Store, Mt. Kisco
  • f.i.s.h., Port Chester
  • Longford's Own Made Ice Cream, Port Chester
  • Lulu Cake Boutique, Scarsdale
  • Morton's The Steak House, White Plains
  • Mount Kisco Seafood, Mt. Kisco
  • The Fish Cellar Restaurant, Mt. Kisco
  • Myong Private Label Gourmet, Mt. Kisco
  • Sam's of Gedney Way, White Plains
  • Sonora, Port Chester
  • Sunset Cove Restaurant, Tarrytown
  • Susan Lawrence Gourmet Foods, Chappaqua
  • Tarry Lodge, Port Chester
  • The Atrium, Purchase
  • The Gourmet Taste, Rye Brook
  • The Great American BBQ, White Plains
  • Zuppa Restaurant, Yonkers

The evening will also include "Incredible New Edibles," which will showcase the area's unique artisan/boutique foods and wines; a silent auction with sports memorabilia, tickets to Broadway shows, meals at Westchester's fine restaurants; live music; and more.

In Westchester County, twenty percent of residents are hungry or at risk of hunger. Of that population, 36% are children.

"Today, more than ever, children are at risk of hunger because of the economy. We have seen the direct effect of an increased unemployment rate here, as parents are struggling to put food on their tables. For every dollar donated to the Food Bank, we can purchase $4 worth of nutritious food to feed a hungry child. Every bit helps," said Christina Rohatynskyj, Executive Director for the Food Bank for Westchester.

A recent study released by Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization, entitled Child Food Insecurity: The Economic Impact on Our Nation, details the effects of food insecurity on the health, growth and development of the more than 12 million food insecure children in the United States.

The study reported that hunger may permanently affect the development of mental, emotional, physical and social skills necessary for work and career in adulthood and that hungry children are more susceptible to illness and hospitalized more often than children who are not hungry. It also reported that undernutrition damages the physical and emotional development of a child.

The Food Bank for Westchester, one of eight food banks in New York State, acquires, warehouses and distributes food to 200 Westchester County hunger relief organizations, including food pantries and soup kitchens, among others. These efforts feed some or all of the 200,000 people in Westchester who are hungry or at risk of hunger. The Food Bank mission is supported by an extensive donor and volunteer network.

Tickets, which cost $175 in advance and $200 at the door, can be purchased from the Food Bank by calling 914-923-1100. Sponsorships are still available. The sponsorship application is available at the Food Bank website at http://www.foodbankforwestchester.org.

For additional information, contact the Food Bank at 914-923-1100. The Food Bank for Westchester is located at 358 Saw Mill River Road, Millwood, NY 10546.

About the Food Bank for Westchester: The Food Bank for Westchester's mission is to lead, engage and educate Westchester County in creating a hunger-free environment. It solicits and administers donations from both the public and private sector, distributing food through approximately 200 hunger relief member agencies. Its core activity is the collection and distribution of donated, government and purchased food. The Food Bank distributes more than five million pounds of food to member agencies annually.

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