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Programs & Services

 

Emergency Food Distribution

The Food Bank for Westchester acquires, warehouses and distributes food to local hunger-relief programs throughout Westchester.. The Food Bank is the backbone of the county emergency food-distribution network, providing 95% of the food distributed by local hunger-relief member programs, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and child, senior and residential programs.

In the 2005-06 fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 4.2 million pounds of food through 181 anti hunger programs. In 2010-11, the Food Bank distributed over 7 million pounds of food, the equivalent of over 5 million meals, to 227 hunger-relief programs, helping to feed some or all of the 200,000 Westchester residents who are hungry or at risk of hunger.

The following are under the umbrella of the Food Bank for Westchester's Emergency Food Distribution program:

Food Acquisition

The Food Bank for Westchester receives food for distribution through three streams:

Donated Food: About a third of all the food distributed by the Food Bank is donated. The Food Bank for Westchester receives the majority of its donated food through Feeding America, the national food bank network, which solicits food on behalf of its member programs. There are approximately 200 food banks throughout the country, including the Food Bank for Westchester. Feeding America then allocates the donated food to its members based on a poverty/population formula in each food bank's service area. Recently Feeding America changed the food allocation system to a bidding system, which is still being evaluated.

The Food Bank for Westchester also solicits food donations from withn its service area, which is Westchester County. About 300,000 pounds annually comes from local sources such as food drives, the prepared and perishable Food Recovery Program and the very few distributors in the county.

The Food Bank must provide the transportation to bring the donated food from whereever it originated to our Westchester warehouse. Food donated from within the county is picked up with a Food Bank truck. Donations from out of the county, including those from out-of-state, must be transported by a commercial carrier. These transportation costs are borne by the Food Bank for Westchester.

The Food Bank for Westchester distributes the donated food at the Shared Maintenance Fee of 10 cents per pound.

USDA Food: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchases surplus food and converts it into shelf-stable products to be used by government institutions like prisons and school lunch programs. A small percentage of this food is designated for Food Pantry/Soup Kitchen use.

   

In New York State, the state portion of the USDA food for Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens is distributed through the New York State Office of General Services, which in turn allocates the entire allotment to the eight food banks in the state to distribute to qualified hunger-relief programs within their service area. The amount and variety of product available through this source varies from year to year.

Because the USDA foods also have administrative reimbursement attached to the pound allocation, the food banks in the state do not have to charge a shared maintenance fee.

Purchased Food: The Food Bank for Westchester purchases food with donated dollars in truckload quantities to make sure that there is always sufficient food in the five food groups available for distribution. Because the Food Bank is significantly dependant on Feeding America for donated food and there is almost nothing in Westchester from which to raise additional donated food, purchasing is a necessity. The Food Bank shops for product all across the country, seeking to get the best product for the lowest price. The cost of the purchased food is passed on the member agencies. The price is always below current wholesale prices, allowing member agencies to significantly stretch their purchasing power.

In the last fiscal year, 2010-11, the Food Bank for Westchester distributed over 7 million pounds of food.

Technical Assistance and Nutrition Education

The Food Bank for Westchester provides technical support and education services to member agencies and their clients.

Technical assistance to programs consists of food safety /nutrition education and organizational/ management skills. The Food Bank also conducts a physical site inspection of each member program to assure compliance with all federal, state and local regulations governing food safety, sanitation, distribution, record keeping etc.

The Food Bank for Westchester conducts food safety and nutrition-education classes for member programs and their staff and clients. Clients also enjoy food tastings, cooking demonstrations and health specific /nutrition classes.

 

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