Fighting Hunger in Westchester





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Scarsdale, NY

Total Budget: $4,000

Areas of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment, Maternal and child health

Activity Type: Food/Agriculture: General

Summary: Monies will benefit Feeding Westchester, which supplies 95 percent of all food distributed annually across our county's food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and day-care and residential programs.

We are partnering with "Feeding Westchester" which supplies 95 percent of all food distributed annually across our county's food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and day-care and residential programs. Through its membership with Feeding America and Feeding New York State, Feeding Westchester has access to millions of pounds of food products that national companies donate. Feeding Westchester also helps people learn to shop, cook and eat healthy on a limited budget and advocates for the preservation and improvement of the public "safety net" programs that provide life-saving food to struggling families. The scope of this project is to provide funds to purchase foods for needy families.

After funds are raised, Scarsdale Rotary Club will have a Day of Distribution where we will either package or sort the foods our donation purchased at the main Distribution Center for Feeding Westchester, likely in Elmsford.

This project is aligned with the Area of Focus of Maternal and child health. Women in this country disproportionately experience hunger and poverty. 34.9% of homes headed by a single mother live below the poverty line, compared to 24.9% in 2018, and 14.9 percent of homes headed by single fathers. 24.3% of families headed by a single mother were food insecure. (Food Research and Action Center)

Our Club expects to have no difficulty raising $2000 for the project, based on widespread support for Feeding Westchester among the club's members and our executive board, as well as our success in past years, when we surpassed our own goal and raised $5000 through contributions by community members and club members alike. On August 24, 2021, Karen Erren, the CEO of Feeding Westchester, was a guest speaker during our club meeting. She explained how Feeding Westchester operates, who they serve, and how they have managed to increase their distribution of food to meet the rising levels of food insecurity during the pandemic. It is possible that we will raise additional funds to expand the scope of our participation. The project is expected to begin in early December 2023 and we expect to raise $2000 from donations by members and community members through direct appeal by April 2024.

It is planned that members of the Scarsdale Rotary Club will participate in an in-person service opportunity to assemble bags of food for distribution in Westchester by June 2024.

Project Contact Person

District: 7230

Rotary Club of: Scarsdale

Primary Contact: Miriam Pappo

Email: miriam@scarsdalerotary.org

Project Status

This project is "Approved". This means that the district leadership has reviewed and approved the allocation of district funds for this project. Once the funds from the district have been issued, the status of the project will be changed to "Paid".

Project listed for the 2023-24 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Miriam Pappo

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Mahbub Ahmad

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Miriam Pappo

System Entry: Project signed by Miriam Pappo.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Garrett Capobianco.


by Mahbub Ahmad

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.

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