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Programs & Services

 

Food Acquisition

The primary functions of the Food Bank for Westchester are acquiring and warehousing food and distributing that food to local frontline hunger-relief programs. So that the process is 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 each week.

We get foods through two different means: purchase and donation:

  • Purchased Food: 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 at the best price.
  • Donated Food: Perishable and non-perishable foods are acquired through donations solicited by Feeding America, the national food bank network; through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); through local distributors and manufacturers; through our Food Recovery Program, where we acquire prepared and perishable food from local restaurants, institutional cafeterias, and supermarkets that is donated rather than thrown away; through the public via food drives; and through our own Food Growing Program, in cooperation with the Westchester County Department of Correction, Muscoot Farm, and local youth-services agencies.
  • USDA Food: 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.
 

 

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