Food Bank for Westchester’s "Evening in Good Taste" Raises $220,000 to Help Feed County’s Hungry Children

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The Food Bank for Westchester, which is celebrating its 20th year of fighting hunger in Westchester, recently hosted its 19th annual An Evening in Good Taste to help end childhood hunger in Westchester County. More than 630 people attended the event, which raised $220,000.

The Food Bank for Westchester, which is celebrating its 20th year of fighting hunger in Westchester, recently hosted its 19th annual An Evening in Good Taste to help end childhood hunger in Westchester County. More than 630 people attended the event, which raised $220,000.

Twelve million children in the United States live in households that are food insecure. In Westchester County, twenty percent of residents are hungry or at risk of hunger. Of that population, 36% are children.

“Research has shown that children who live in food insecure households have difficulty learning and are less likely to become healthy, productive members of society,” said Christina Rohatynskyj, Executive Director of the Food Bank for Westchester. “We are grateful to the chefs, restaurants and donors for supporting such an important initiative. It is our hope that we can be a leader in helping to end childhood hunger.”

The event featured “Incredible New Edibles” boasted the County’s unique artisan/boutique foods and wines, for which judges and attendees voted. The People’s Choice Award was given to Millerton-based Harney & Sons Fine Teas for its Japanese green tea and Chai spice ice creams. Judges voted Mamaroneck-based Luke’s Brew as the best Incredible New Edible for its cold brewed coffee.

Other Westchester County restaurants whose chefs showcased their culinary talents included:

  • 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 America BBQ, White Plains
  • Zuppa Restaurant, Yonkers

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 or http://www.foodbankforwestchester.org. 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.

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Commissioner Anthony Sutton, Westchester County Emergency Services Department; and New York State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer at the Food Bank for Westchester's 19th annual An Evening in Good Taste to help end childhood hunger in Westchester County Jim Steets of Entergy, Key Sponsor of An Evening in Good Taste; and Peter Herrero, Jr., of White Plains, president of New York Hospitality Group, at the Food Bank for Westchester’s 19th annual An Evening in Good Taste to help end childhood hunger in Westchester CountyLinda Rey, Partner at The Rey Insurance Agency and Food Bank for Westchester Board member; and Rick Rakow, President & CEO of Rakow Commercial Realty and Food Bank for Westchester Board member, at the Food Bank for Westchester's19th annual An Evening in Good Taste to help end childhood hunger in Westchester CountySandra Miller, Con Edison's Director of Community Affairs; and Larry Gottlieb, Managing Director, Public Affairs at Burson-Marsteller, at the Food Bank for Westchester's 19th annual An Evening in Good Taste to help end childhood hunger in Westchester CountyLeft to right: Sandra Miller, Con Edison's Director of Community Affairs, was presented with the Corporate Citizen Award by Spencer Barbak, president of Food Bank for Westchester's Board of Directors/Partner at Citrin, Cooperman & Company, at the Food Bank for Westchester's 19th annual An Evening in Good Taste to help end childhood hunger in Westchester CountyParticipating chefs and restaurant owners from across Westchester at the Food Bank for Westchester's 19th annual An Evening in Good Taste to help end childhood hunger in Westchester County