The primary functions of the Food Bank for Westchester are acquiring and warehousing food and distributing food to local frontline hunger-relief programs. In order for the process to be both cost-effective and efficient, the Food Bank solicits and acquires food and groceries in warehouse quantities. We then store and repack that food into smaller quantities to fulfill member agency orders.
Foods are acquired by the following three methods:
Through our bulk-buying program, we purchase food and groceries in truckload quantities from various sources around the country. We seek out the highest quality of food products at the most cost-effective price. For every $1 we receive, we can buy $4 worth of food.
- Perishable and non-perishable foods are acquired through donations solicited by Feeding America.
- Other friendly food banks where we are able to acquire truckload quantities of foods.
Local Westchester County Donors
- Individuals, schools, corporate donors, small & large businesses.
- Local food distributors and manufacturers.
- Retail Store Recovery Program; we acquire surplus and close dated perishable food from local supermarkets, bakeries institutional cafeterias, and other retailers that is donated to us rather than thrown away. Example items: fresh produce, dairy products, frozen meats, assorted breads and bakery goods, as well as other assorted food items.
- Food Drives; local schools, businesses & individuals hold food drives to support their neighbors in need.
- Food Growing Program, in cooperation with the Westchester County Department of Correction, Muscoot Farm, and local youth-services agencies.
USDA allocates food to each state for various government programs -- schools, prisons, hospitals, etc. A small percentage of that food is designated for emergency distribution. In New York State, the eight regional food banks are allocated USDA food based on a poverty/population formula along with a small administration grant.