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Organize a Food Drive. 

Food drives provide an opportunity for schools, corporate staff, athletic clubs, and other organizations to get involved in fighting hunger in our own community. Although most of the food we distribute is purchased at the Food Bank for Westchester and food wholesalers, the Pantry relies on donations of non-perishable items to supplement the stock of items not currently available through our regular suppliers. Food Drives should focus on one or two needed items, rather than general collections. Individuals and groups should contact Lisa Porter at wrporter115@verizon.net to coordinate timing and current Pantry needs.
*Please check expiration dates before delivering food to the pantry. We do not accept expired food for distribution.

Sort and Stock.
Donations delivered to the pantry need to be sorted and put away. Volunteers will weigh, sort, and check the expiration dates on donated food and restock the Pantry shelves. We receive thousands of pounds of food each year. You can provide vital support behind the scenes when food donations arrive at our distribution center.

Make Food Pick-ups
Volunteers are needed to pick up food from vendors and commercial donors and deliver it to the Pantry. A number of local merchants donate food items for pick-up each week. In other cases, bulk purchase of food awaits pick-up at various discount outlets around Westchester County. Most food runs take 1 to 2 hours, and volunteers must have their own car.

Make Home Deliveries
Each week, volunteers in teams of two deliver bags of groceries to people who are homebound. This program benefits both senior and disabled individuals who have a documented physical or mental infirmity. Teams pack the grocery bags with special attention to dietary preferences and restrictions of each client. A warm smile and friendly words are part of what we deliver. Volunteers must have access to a personal vehicle.

Assist at Weekly Food Distribution.
Twice each week, the Pantry opens its doors to our neighbors in need. At each distribution, we provide enough nutritious staples for three complete days’ worth of meals. Volunteers help to set up the shopping tables, assist clients with food selection, bag fresh bread and produce, and restock the Pantry shelves at closing. Volunteers work in teams of 8 to 10. The Pantry is open for distribution Tuesday evenings, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday mornings, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Weekly distributions are run by our member congregations. If you are a congregant, please contact the Pantry representative from your place of worship. If you are not affiliated and would still like to volunteer for a distribution, please fill in the form in the left column. All distribution volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

Kids helping Kids

When kids visit our pantry during the week of their birthday, with your help they can leave with a brightly decorated bag filled with cake mix, frosting, a greeting card, and a big birthday smile! All you need to do is get plain paper (non-glossy) gift bags (approximately 5.25”w x 3.5"d x 8.25”h; they are available at AC Moore, Oriental Trading, etc.). Bright colors can be fun, or you can decorate the outside with pictures of balloons, ribbons, rainbows … whatever means “birthday” to you. Fill each bag with a box of cake mix (be sure to check the expiration date; they should be good for at least 4 months into the future) and a container of frosting. Don’t forget a birthday card … hand-decorated is best! No candles or gifts, please. This is a great project for church and temple youth groups, school groups, or scout groups.

Donate Food
Donations of up to 10 bags of non-perishable groceries may be brought directly to the Pantry weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and left in the receiving area outside the Distribution Room. Please see the Pantry scroll on the home page for food items that are most needed right now.

 



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