Food Bank Mission
Lead, engage and educate the Westchester community in creating a hunger-free environment.
What is the Food Bank?
The Food Bank for Westchester is the core of the county’s emergency food distribution network. It solicits, acquires, warehouses and distributes food to over 265 front-line hunger-relief programs throughout the county, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and adult, child-care and treatment centers.The Food Bank provides over 95% of all the food these front-line programs distribute to feed some or all of the estimated 200,000 Westchester children, seniors and their families who are hungry or at risk of hunger. The Food Bank receives an average of 102,000 requests for food every month. The Food Bank distributes about 14 tons of food a day and nearly 7.5 million pounds of food a year. To date, the Food Bank has distributed over 100 million pounds of food to feed hungry Westchester residents.
The Food Bank for Westchester was incorporated in 1988 as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization under the name Food PATCH (Food-People Allied To Combat Hunger, Inc.) to respond to the growing needs of hungry people in Westchester. A room in the Sharing Community, Yonkers, was the headquarters; one man and a van were the staff and vehicle. In 1990, the Food Bank moved to a 10,000-sq.-ft. facility in Hawthorne. In 1993, the organization moved to a 15,000-sq.-ft. facility in Millwood. In 2000, the Food Bank distributed 4.5 million pounds of food and warehouse capacity was exceeded. In 2008, the name was changed to the Food Bank for Westchester. In 2011, the Food Bank distributed seven million pounds of food, yet demands for emergency food continued to rise. In 2012, the Food Bank moved to a 37,000-sq,-ft. facility in Elmsford to better meet demands for emergency food. In April 2013, Ellen Lynch took the helm as Executive Director.