- Requests for emergency food rose by 9% this year -- that was over and above a 15% increase last year (2010-11)
--and a 30% increase the two years before that -- a %54% increase in the past 4 years.
- The Food Bank disbuted 6,657,981 lbs. of food of that provided 5,548,318 meals to hungry people (l meal = 1.2 lbs.)
- The Food Bank provided a majority of the food that 230 active hunger-relief programs, including food pantries and soup kitchens, gave to hungry people throughout Westchester. This included:
- 1,297,181 pounds of fresh produce distributed through Project Green Thumb and Rapid Distribution sites.
- 174,680 pounds of prepared and perishable food collected and distributed
by the Food Recovery Program.
- 273,714 pounds of fresh food distributed to seniors and 36,822 meals served to seniors at sites in Westchester.
- Food Bank programs to feed hungry children remained vital resources for food-insecure children and families:
- 8 Kids Cafes provided 178,230 meals and snacks to hungry children including
19,916 Breakfasts, 27,777 Lunches, 56,637 Healthy Snacks, and 73,900 Dinners
- 39 BackPack Programs distributed 28,950 bags of food to hungry children for the weekend
- $1,366,847 was distributed via the Food Bank to frontline hunger-relief member agencies as grants for food acquisition, operations support and equipment purchases.
- 78 site visits of Food Bank member programs were conducted.
- 118 Nutrition-Education/Food Sanitation Workshops benefited 2,776 people.
- 2,973 persons received SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) information and application presecreening assistance
- 539 home visits were made to the elderly, disabled, and homebound for SNAP application/advocacy assistance
- 67 low-income women with children graduated from 8 STEPS (Services, Training, Education & Participant Support) training programs and are taking steps toward self-sufficiency.
- 5,474 volunteers donated 14,132 hours so that others may eat.