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Food Bank/Food Pantry – What’s the Difference?

Confused about the difference between the Food Pantry and The Food Bank of Westchester? You are not alone! Here’s how the system works.
The Food Bank of Westchester, located in a huge warehouse in Elmsford, is the supply and support center for more than 200 hunger-relief programs in the county. They store literally tons of donated and purchased food. The Food Bank is the primary supplier for a food-distribution network that exists throughout Westchester, which includes food pantries like ours, as well as soup kitchens, day-care centers, residential shelters and other programs.
But the Food Bank does not directly serve clients. That’s where The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry comes in. We buy most of our groceries from the Food Bank, where we have enhanced purchasing power through discounts and government lines of credit. These groceries are then distributed to people in need in the community who visit our pantry. Thanks to our relationship with the Food Bank, every $1 we spend there provides $4 of emergency food to combat hunger in our own backyard. And that’s a perfect partnership!

Westchester Hunger At A Glance

The Food Bank for Westchester estimates that approximately 200,000 county residents are hungry or at risk of hunger. More than half of them are seniors; one-third are children under the age of 18. According to USDA’s 2010 report on hunger in America, Household Food Insecurity in the United States, 12.4 % of New York residents are food insecure, meaning they lack consistent access to a nutritious well-balanced diet. Child hunger is critically high, with one in 4 children at risk of hunger.
The following Westchester County statistics are from Feeding America, the national food bank network. The information is based on data gathered in 2009 and published in Hunger in America 2010.


  Local Statistics - Food Bank for Westchester
Children under age 18 years 36.0%
Seniors 51.0%
White 19.4%
African American 36.8%
Hispanic 42.4%
Female 58.2%
Male 41.8%
US Citizen 83.4%

Our Pantry has seen a steady rise in community need - up 248% in just the last 6 calendar years. Individuals served in 2009-2014:

2008: 8,756

2009: 11,926

2010: 16,548

2011: 18,548

2012: 20,480

2013: 25,284

2014: 30,500*

*e: estimated

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