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Hidden Hunger In Westchester

13-Feb-2016

This month's edition of Westchester Magazine features an article about hunger in the County. Our own Pantry is featured, as are other feeding programs doing great work. To understand the work we do in Northern Westchester in a larger context, please click on the link.

Hidden Hunger in Westchester



Chappaqua Cares Empty Bowls Event is Huge Success

15-Dec-2015

 The setting was gorgeous, the crowd enthusiastic and the results: beyond our wildest dreams. Chappaqua Cares, a community philanthropic organization, raised an amazing amount of funds - and awareness - for our Pantry. Their generous gift will help feed so many families in the year to come. Many, many hands came together to make the Empty Bowls event an incredible success, but two creative, energetic and devoted women deserve a special shout-out: Jessica Reinmann and Dawn Greenberg. 


These two dynamos were recently honored at a small reception with the Pantry's Management Committee. Jessica and Dawn were presented with their own monogrammed Pantry aprons as a modest thank you for all they have done to help us feed our neighbors. 


Thank you, thank you, thank you to Dawn, Jessica and this wonderful organization - a true partner in community caring!

Oh What A Night! Busy Pantry Hops with Offerings

04-Nov-2015

It was another Tuesday at the Pantry and the sign in the waiting area gave visitors an idea of how much was going on that week.

Lucy Diaz was teaching her EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) class - part of a free, bi-lingual 6-week nutrition course. Students would learn about how to read food labels as well as the benefits of whole grains.

Meanwhile, in our waiting area, Nikki Dobson, from The Food Bank for Westchester, was giving a "Say Yes to fruits and Veggies" workshop, while a client volunteered to translate for our Spanish-speaking clients.

And a good thing the Pantry was encouraging healthy eating, because it was "Green Thumb" day, and the Food Bank had delivered five pallets of fresh fruit and veggies that morning!

In case that wasn't enough, a woman from Katonah with orchards on her property donated 70 pounds of apples.

On top of that, another volunteer was helping clients reserve turkeys or chickens for when the Mobile Food Truck arrives Thanksgiving week.


Oh yes, and there was a regular distribution, where clients could choose frozen chicken or fish, eggs, proteins, staples, fresh bread along with getting more fresh produce.

#proud  

Oh What A Night! Busy Pantry!

04-Nov-2015

Pantry Operations Manager Honored

20-Oct-2015

Congratulations to our own Operations Director Roberta Sadofsky Horowitz who was honored this weekend by the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Westchester County. The award recognized Roberta's great work promoting nutrition education at the Pantry. As they said at the ceremony, Roberta "is a caring individual, who is an advocate for the needy and is proactive in helping in her community in any way she can." We are SO PROUD!

Wine Tasting to Benefit Pantry

16-Oct-2015

Raise a glass and help our neighbors in need! An evening of wine tasting on Sunday, Nov. 1 will benefit our Pantry. What a perfect way to kick off the holiday season!

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Empty Bowls Westchester to Benefit Pantry

08-Oct-2015

WHAT IS EMPTY BOWLS?
THE EMPTY BOWLS PROJECT IS AN INTERNATIONAL GRASSROOTS EFFORT TO RAISE BOTH MONEY AND AWARENESS IN THE FIGHT TO END HUNGER.

THE PREMISE IS SIMPLE.
COMMUNITIES WORKS TOGETHER TO CREATE HANDMADE BOWLS.GUESTS ARE INVITED TO A SIMPLE MEAL OF SOUP AND BREAD.IN EXCHANGE FOR A CASH DONATION, GUESTS ARE ASKED TO KEEP A BOWL AS A REMINDER OF ALL THE EMPTY BOWLS IN THE WORLD.

THE CONCEPT FOR “EMPTY BOWLS” STARTED IN THE EARLY 90’S WITH BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICHIGAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THEIR ART TEACHER, JOHN HARTOM. IN AN EFFORT TO HELP OUT WITH THE LOCAL FOOD DRIVE THEY THREW, DECORATED AND FIRED 120 BOWLS. THE SCHOOL’S STAFF WAS INVITED TO THE CAFETERIA TO SELECT A BOWL AND ENJOY A SIMPLE MEAL OF SOUP AND BREAD. JOHN AND HIS WIFE TALKED TO THE STAFF ABOUT HUNGER IN THEIR COMMUNITY, THANKED THEM FOR THEIR CASH DONATIONS AND THEN ASKED THEM TO TAKE THEIR BOWLS HOME WITH THEM AS A REMINDER OF THOSE WITH EMPTY BOWLS. THERE ARE NOW “EMPTY BOWLS” PROJECTS ALL OVER THE WORLD.

CHAPPAQUA CARES IS SPONSORING EMPTY BOWLS WESTCHESTER AND OUR PANTRY WILL GREATLY BENEFIT FROM THEIR EFFORTS. PLEASE CHECK OUT THE DETAILS BELOW FOR THIS GREAT EVENT! 


 

The Pantry Delivers!

01-Oct-2015

Our home delivery program continues to grow. We now have three different teams that bring groceries to anyone with a documented disability that keeps them homebound. Many local seniors benefit from home delivery. Pictured below are long-time volunteers Cecilia Rosenblum and Deborah Allen, on their way to Mary's house. Mary, 86, has difficulty walking. She received a bag of fresh produce - apples, bananas, potatoes and beets - along with fish, milk, eggs and pasta. More to come on this terrific program in our next fall newsletter!

                                            

Great Time at Mount Kisco Sales Days

21-Sep-2015

The Pantry table did a brisk business at Mount Kisco Sidewalk Sales Days over the weekend. Pantry board members were busy handing out literature and explaining how our nearly all-volunteer organization helps feed the community. Some folks were interested in volunteering, while others knew of neighbors who might need our help. Many who came to our table were surprised to discover that hunger was an issue in their own backyard. And we even had some clients come by to say hello.

 

We love being part of the Mount Kisco Community and were happy to be out with other nonprofits and businesses to celebrate the day. 

Come Celebrate Mount Kisco Sales Day With Us!

15-Sep-2015

This weekend the Pantry will have a big presence at Mount Kisco Sales Days. First, please come visit our table! Not only can you learn more about us and all we do, but also you will have a chance to enter a raffle and win a fabulous prize.  We'll be right outside of "Chopped" on South Moger Avenue all day Saturday and also on Sunday afternoon. Stop by and say "hi."

There's action on Sunday morning too! For the second year, the organizers of the Kisco5 - Mount Kisco's 5K race - are supporting the Pantry. So far, more than 400 runners have signed up. Each participant has been asked to bring a box of pasta for the Pantry. Come cheer them on, knowing they are helping to feed their neighbors.

 

The Pantry prides itself on being a community organization and we are especially proud to celebrate with our home town.

 

Clients Help Harvest Fresh Produce

03-Sep-2015


Our Pantry works hard to offer fresh fruits and vegetables to our clients. And our clients work hard too. 

On a warm September morning, Pantry Operations Director Roberta Horowitz took 13 Pantry clients to Land Trust Farm in Bedford Hills. Land Trust is one of five local farms managed by Doug DeCandia, coordinator of the food growing project for the Food Bank for Westchester.


Mothers and fathers worked for two hours alongside their kids, helping to weed, water and pick beautiful, farm-fresh produce. According to Roberta, everyone had a great time. Families were permitted to keep their harvest, though they also picked huge quantities of basil which was distributed the following day at the Pantry.

To us, this is the Pantry at its best: the community working together for the better health of everyone. 

 

Summer is a Great Time for Healthy Eating

23-Jul-2015

This week, Marie Vele talked to Pantry clients about preparing healthy meals and snacks, as well as the importance of exercise. Our onsite nutrition class - free to clients and offered in both English and Spanish - is run by the Cornell University Cooperative Extension. It's one of many Pantry services offered to help clients make the most out of the food we distribute.


Pantry Welcomes Missy Renwick and Robbie Scott to the Board

29-Jun-2015

The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry is delighted to announce the appointment of Missy Renwick and Robbie Scott to the Board of Directors of The Mount Kisco Interfaith FoodPantry.

Missy Renwick is a life-long resident of Bedford. She and her husband, Jim, are principle brokers of his fourth generation family real estate firm, Renwick Sotheby's International Reality, in Bedford Village. Missy has been in residential sales for 32 years.

She has long been active in the community, serving as Junior Warden at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, on the Board of the Bedford Historical Society, as well as running the Bedford Antiques show and heading the PTA when her three children were young.

Robbie Scott is a junior partner at First Financial Resources in Greenwich, CT. He is a member of the Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce and a member of Westchester Young Professionals. Robbie will represent Bedford Presbyterian Church on the Pantry Board.

Both Missy and Robbie have volunteered at distributions for their congregations.

"We are thrilled to have Missy and Robbie lending their time and talents to the Pantry," says Robert Cummings, Board President.

Pantry Home Deliveries Growing

16-Jun-2015

The Pantry now has four teams of volunteers delivering groceries to people who are unable to come to distributions. Currently, we have 18 home delivery clients. Weekly home delivery is available to anyone who has a documented physical or cognitive disability. Seniors are our fastest growing demographic at the Pantry. Over the last year, we've seen an increase of 18 percent in our senior clients. 


We are glad to be able to reach out to this often-underserved population.If you know anyone in our area who is in need of home delivery, please call: 914-610-5187 or email: info@mountkiscofoodpantry.org

Bedford Central Schools Bring Windfall of Food and Funds to Pantry

14-Apr-2015

(Mimi Warren, Cait Hall, Kathleen Crohn, Allison Delesia (in cart), Melissa Ponzio and John DelFavero)

The Bedford Central Schools are long-term supporters of the Pantry, but this year, they outdid themselves. A food drive brought in just under 4,000 pounds of groceries - almost two tons of food! They also collected funds: roughly $4300 in direct donations, and another $700 for a staff volleyball game, for a grand total of $5000.

Because for every $1 of cash donated we can purchase $4 worth of food at the Food Bank for Westchester, that's really $20,000 worth of groceries, on top of the food donations. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the wonderful teachers who are not only teaching their students the curriculum, but also valuable lessons in what it means to live in a community.

St. Francis of Assisi Becomes Pantry's 13th Member Congregation

27-Feb-2015

The Pantry is delighted to welcome St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Mount Kisco as a member congregation. St. Francis is the first Catholic Church to be affiliated with the Pantry in its 22 year history. 

Opening its doors in 1991, the Pantry was launched by one church, one synagogue and one volunteer. Eight individuals were served that spring day.  Today, 13 congregations, comprising hundreds of volunteers, feed an average of 250 households each week. This year the Pantry is on track to feed more than 30,000 individuals. In the last five years, we've seen an average annual growth rate in clients of 23%.

St. Francis of Assisi will be a wonderful partner in continuing to meet the growing need of our neighbors. 

Pantry partners with restaurant to launch "SHARED PLATES"

20-Feb-2015

It’s cold out there but you’ve just finished a lovely, warm meal at Chappaqua’s delicious French restaurant, Le Jardin du Roi. You feel good. And now, you can feel even better.

Welcome to “Shared Plates,” a new program to help end local hunger being launched by The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry. Tucked inside your bill will be a small card. Simply by checking a box, you can let your server know if you’d like to add $1, $2, $5 (or more) to your bill to benefit the Pantry.

 That’s it. Le Jardin will take care of the rest. You can feel good knowing that you’ve helped others have enough to eat during these cold winter months.

Joe Quartararo, owner of Le Jardin, says he was delighted to have his bistro launch the program. “It’s great to be involved with a terrific organization like the Pantry,” he said. “We’re happy to be the ones introducing ‘Shared Plates.’”

 “We are so honored to have Le Jardin piloting “Shared Plates” for us,” said Ruth Parnes, VP of Outreach for the Pantry. “This spring, we hope to launch the program to include other area restaurants.”


Episcopal Charities Provides Crucial Support

17-Feb-2015

In FY 2014, the number of clients served at the Pantry increased by 24 percent. This growth rate shows every sign of continuing through FY 2015 and beyond. For the last three years, our fastest growing constituencies have been children and the elderly.

 How do we continue to meet the need? Thanks to our generous supporters. And we've had no greater friend than Episcopal Charities, the outreach arm of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. 


Recently, we received the largest grant that the Charities has ever awarded us. We are so grateful for the recognition and support, which allows us to continue to provide our neighbors with enough groceries for four days of healthy meals. 

Holiday Party Doubles As Food Drive

15-Dec-2014

 What a great idea! One supporter spread the joy of the season by collecting food for the Pantry at her own holiday party. Some 47 boxes of cereal, 43 cartons of shelf-stable milk and more than 100 cans of soup and beans were collected! Thanks to Chappaqua Cares, Chappaqua Shares for organizing this support of The Pantry!


BMW "Test Drive For Hunger" Supports Pantry

09-Dec-2014

BMW Mount Kisco presented a check for $1625 to The Pantry last week. The donation came from the company's successful "Test Drive For Hunger" campaign, which collected $25 for each test drive customers took at the dealership. Some 65 people participated. 

"BMW Mount Kisco is very proud to be part of the communities we serve," said Mark Edens, VP and General Manager. "We feel we have an obligation to give back and help out those in need."

Pantry Helps Clients Bundle Up for The Cold

06-Dec-2014

Brrr! It's cold out there. And thanks to a generous donation of by Nolan Gloves, about 200 clients will be warmer this winter. Hats, gloves and scarves were distributed this week at the Pantry. The warm accessories were available in sizes for men, women, children and infants. We're grateful that people can be warm inside (with enough nutritious food) and outside.

Thanksgiving Turkey Truck

04-Dec-2014

The Pantry distributed 274 turkeys and chickens from The Food Bank for Westchester's Mobile Food Truck on the Monday before Thanksgiving. An additional 213 bags, containing fresh produce and staples, were given out the following day.

The Real Hunger Games

02-Dec-2014

Teens from BBYO (formerly B'nai B'rith Youth Organization) organized a food drive around a White Plains screening of The Hunger Games. Each movie go-er was asked to bring two food items to the theater. The teens collected more than 500 pounds of food for the Pantry. What a great idea! Any other youth groups or theaters interested?



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