Director of Operations and Programs Roberta Horowitz and a volunteer harvest a nearby garden for the Pantry.
In 2017, the Pantry served nearly 40,000 clients, including over 13,000 households. We expect these numbers to continue to increase, especially for children and seniors.
More than ever, we need your help.
What can YOU do? Donate your time, your food, your funds!
Volunteering in the Pantry
Twice each week, the Pantry opens its doors to our neighbors in need for food distribution. At each distribution, we provide enough nutritious staples for nearly five days of meals.
The Pantry is open for distribution Tuesday evenings, 5:00–7:00 p.m., and Wednesday mornings, 9:30–11:00 a.m. (Note: In case of inclement weather, we follow Bedford school system closings. Please check their notices. FYI—If those schools are closed, have a delayed start, or an early dismissal, the Pantry is closed.)
Volunteers stock shelves, set up shopping tables, assist clients with food selection, bag fresh bread and produce, and restock Pantry shelves at closing.
If you are a member of one of our sponsoring congregations and you want to help, please contact the Pantry representative from your congregation. Others can reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com. For more information, go to our Becoming a Volunteer page.
Other Ways You Can Volunteer
•Delivering Food / Collecting Food
Each week, volunteers in teams of two deliver bags of groceries to clients who are homebound. This program benefits both senior and disabled individuals who have documented a physical or mental infirmity. Volunteers use their own car. For more information, go to our Becoming a Volunteer page.
Volunteers are needed to pick up food from vendors and commercial donors for delivery to the Pantry. Many local merchants donate food items for pick-up each week. Purchased bulk food is picked up at discount outlets around Westchester County. Most food runs take 1 to 2 hours, and volunteers must use their own car. For more information, go to our Becoming a Volunteer page.
•Organizing Food Drives
Food drives provide an opportunity for schools, corporate staff, athletic clubs, and other organizations to get involved in fighting hunger in our community. The Pantry relies on donations of non-perishable items to supplement the stock of items not currently available through our regular suppliers. Food drives targeted to our current needs are the most helpful.
Donations 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.
Note: Before planning any youth volunteer project, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
•Sorting and Stocking in the Pantry
Donations delivered to the Pantry need to be sorted and put away. Young volunteers 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.
•Kids helping Kids—A Very Special Project. This is a great project for church and temple youth groups, school groups, or scout groups.
Note: Before planning any volunteer project outside the Pantry, please contact: email@example.com
When client's 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 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 6 months into the future) and a container of frosting. Don’t forget a birthday card...hand-decorated is best! No candles or gifts, please.