Food Bank of Westchester's Food Drive: August 19 & 20, 2009

On Wednesday, August 19th and Thursday, August 20th the Food Bank of Westchester (from which ARCS purchases most pantry foods for our Hawthorne and Putnam pantries) is collaborating with the towns and cities of Westchester to have a food collection.

It is great to see so many people donate food every year during Thanksgiving and the holidays. But what happens in August? That’s when contributions to food pantries and soup kitchens are at their lowest level and agencies have trouble meeting the demand.

That is why Westchester County government is hosting a two-day food drive on Wednesday, Aug. 19 and Thursday, Aug. 20 throughout the county to help fight hunger. Many county facilities will have donation boxes available to accept canned and other non-perishable food. Donated food will then be distributed to 181 local organizations, including ARCS, by the Food Bank for Westchester.

For more information and a list of drop-off sites, visit

This is to highlight the number of county residents who are in need of food and for the “cuts” the Food Bank has suffered. Most of the drop off sites are city or town halls.

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