Feeding Westchester Programs:
Our fleet of 9 refrigerated trucks are on the roads every day, picking up donations from over 80 farmers, wholesalers and retailers. Back at our more than 30,000-square-foot distribution center, we quickly inspect, sort and pack it all for distribution. Then our trucks deliver nutritious food through our own programs and nearly 300 partner food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and day care centers — often the same day it’s recovered!
Our Fresh Markets in Mount Vernon, Larchmont / Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, and Yonkers provide seasonal fruits and vegetables directly to clients. On market day, food deserts are transformed into vibrant sources of top-quality, fresh, colorful produce. Agencies and clients arrive to select from up to 10,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables — everything from apples and mangoes to spinach and zucchini!
Feeding Westchester’s Green Thumb program mobilizes devoted volunteers every week to pack bags full of fresh, seasonal produce for delivery to area agencies serving upwards of 3,200 households every week. Included in the bags are at least four types of vegetables and two types of fruits, from apples to squash to clementines and carrots.
Providing children with the nutritious, kid-friendly and easy-to-prepare food they need on the weekends. Each year we assemble nearly 60,000 “BackPacks” of child-friendly meals food for elementary school children who need it most. Each pack contains more than seven pounds of food, which is enough for six meals or more that kids can microwave or prepare even when adults aren’t home.
Mobile Food Pantry
This specialized 36-foot refrigerated truck brings a “market on wheels” to underserved communities so that fresh, nutritious foods can be delivered directly to those who need it.
Cooking & Nutrition Classes
Our hands-on cooking and nutrition classes reach thousands of people every year, transforming meals for generations of families. Our “Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY)” Program provides low-income families with practical, cost-effective tips for increasing fruit and vegetable consumption. A licensed nutritionist from Feeding Westchester works with our agencies to provide hands-on nutrition education workshops and cooking demonstrations. Each workshop provides practical nutrition information using USDA approved lesson plans and recipes, using fresh fruits and vegetables. This helps to raise awareness about eating nutritious foods and preparing them in a safe manner.