A Brief History


Incorporated as Food-PATCH (Food – People Allied To Combat Hunger) -- September 16, 1988. Operations consist of a man, a van and a small room at the Sharing Community in Yonkers, NY.


Food-PATCH moves to a 10,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in Hawthorne, NY
Food-PATCH is granted membership in Second Harvest (now called Feeding America), the national Food Bank network. It distributes 1.6 million pounds of food each year to 108 member programs.


Food-PATCH moves again, this time to a 15,000-sq.-ft. facility at 358 Saw Mill River Rd, Millwood, NY
It constructs a 946-sq.-ft. freezer and a 376-sq.-ft. refrigerator. The warehouse has only one loading dock. Christina Rohatynskyj assumes role of executive director, a job she will hold for the next 19 years. 116 volunteers help out annually


Food-PATCH distributes 4.6 million pounds of food to 194 programs. 
Warehouse capacity is reached! 577 volunteers now help out annually.


5.4 million pounds of food are distributed to 187 member programs.
Warehouse capacity is exceeded! The Volunteer Program grows to 1.015 people annually.


The Food Bank for Westchester partners with the Westchester County Department of Correction, Leake & Watts, and Muscoot Farm to launch the Food Growing Program -- cultivating unused land and an available workforce to teach at-risk populations to plant, cultivate and harvest fresh produce for the hungry.


The Food Bank for Westchester distributes 6 million pounds of food to 204 programs. 
Requests for emergency food increased 30% since 2008. Warehouse capacity exceeded!
The Volunteer Program more than doubles since last year: 2,487 volunteers now help out annually. The Food Growing Program expands to five sites and employs a part-time professional horticulturist.


Food Bank for Westchester distributes 7 million pounds of food to 227 programs
Requests for emergency food increased by another 15%Warehouse capacity exceeded
The Food Bank finds a larger space in Elmsford, but needs $2.2 million to renovate and equip the facility. Philanthropist Pat Lanza offers $750,000 as a challenge grant -- the challenge to expire January 1, 2012. A generous public helps the Food Bank raise $750,000 to meet the challenge. That $1.5 million, plus $700,000 the Food Bank had in reserve from a previous campaign, totaled $2.2 million -- the exact amount needed. The lease for the space at 200 Clearbrook Rd., Elmsford, NY 10523 is signed and weeks of renovations follow.
2,493 volunteers help out annually.


The Food Bank for Westchester moves into the newly renovated and equipped 36,688 sq. ft. facility at 200 Clearbrook Rd., Elmsford, NY 10523. The larger warehouse will enable the Food Bank to get more food out to more hungry people to help meet the increased need. Projected distribution:10-15 million pounds.
5,474 volunteers donated 14,132 hours so that others may eat.


The Food Bank launches the Kraft Mobile Food Pantry on February 14, 2013 - bringing a "market on wheels" directly to people and communities that need it most. Food partner is Stop & Shop Supermarkets.
Ellen Lynch takes over as Food Bank executive director on April 22, 2013.
The Food Bank distributes 14 tons of food a day to 230 frontline agencies

In Fiscal Year 2013-14, the Food Bank distributes 7.2 million pounds of food.

Food Bank programs include: Kids BackPack Program - food for hungry children for the weekend; Kids Cafe - after school meals and snacks for hungry children; SNAP Outreach & Advocacy - food stamp information, advocacy and application assistance; Food Recovery- collection of food that would otherwise be discarded from supermarkets, bakeries, etc.; Green Thumb - fresh vegetables and fruits to hungry people weekly; Kraft Mobile Food Pantry - a 36-ft truck with refrigeration and freezer units that distributes fresh, nutritious foods directly into the hands to people who need it; and the Senior Grocery Program - groceries for seniors at risk of hunger.

In Fiscal Year 2013-14, 8,747 volunteers donated 19,882 hours so that others may eat.

Food Bank for Westchester is registered as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law, Tax ID: 13-3507988

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