Millwood, NY (PRWEB) December 4, 2009
The Food Bank for Westchester, which is celebrating its 20th year of fighting hunger in Westchester, has received a $2,000 donation from the Croton-on-Hudson-based Harry Chapin Memorial Run Against Hunger. The Run seeks to focus attention on hunger and poverty issues and raise money for hunger relief both locally and overseas.
The 10k run was established in 1981 to help provide food to the needy children and has provided support for hunger relief organizations worldwide. One such organization is The World Hunger Year (WHY), which was founded in 1975 and was also a beneficiary of this year’s Run.
Chappaqua resident and activist Jason Chapin, whose father, singer/songwriter Harry Chapin, established WHY, said that he is pleased with the run’s financial support to such organizations as the Food Bank for Westchester and World Hunger Year.
“For the last 29 years, the Race has had a major impact both globally and locally. What they’ve done is truly remarkable,” said Chapin, who has participated in the race on several occasions.
“We are so grateful for such initiatives as the Run Against Hunger. Its efforts are vital to eliminating hunger in Westchester and abroad,” said Christina Rohatynskyj, Executive Director of the Food Bank for Westchester.
Michael Brown, Food Bank for Westchester Board member, accepted the check on behalf of the Food Bank, one of the hunger relief organizations that benefited from the run. Other organizations include Jan Peek House, Peekskill; The Cortlandt Emergency Food Bank and The Croton Caring Committee, Croton-on-Hudson; Hillside Food Outreach, Thornwood; and Cambine Mozambique Orphanage.
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 visit 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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