Millwood, NY (PRWEB) October 26, 2009
The Food Bank for Westchester, which is celebrating its 20th year of fighting hunger in Westchester, has received a $10,000 grant from the ShopRite Partners in Caring Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey.
ShopRite supports hospitals, food banks, educational institutions and other agencies working to aid individuals and their communities. The Fund was established by Wakefern Food Corporation, based in Elizabeth, NJ, to enable an efficient, neighborhood approach to philanthropy.
According to a recent survey conducted by Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, more than half of food banks surveyed reported that they have had to turn people who need food assistance away in the last year because of an inability to meet their needs.
"While local and economic circumstances can have a significant impact on food banks, the most critical change we've seen over the past year in the ability of low-income families to put food on the table is a shift from the challenges of increasing food and fuel costs to unemployment and underemployment," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO, Feeding America.
"Through the financial support of charitable organizations like the ShopRite Foundation, we can continue to purchase food for our client agencies at discounted rates, effectively stretching our dollar by four," said Christina Rohatynskyj, Executive Director of the Food Bank for Westchester. "These funds enable us to help supply our member food pantries and soup kitchens to feed Westchester residents who are hungry. We are especially grateful to ShopRite for this grant," she added.
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.
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.
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.