Food Bank Seeks New Donations to Feed Families Over the Holidays

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WPCNR HEARTLINE. From the Food Bank of Westcherster. December 15, 2014:

For some people in Westchester, the holiday season puts an added focus on hunger.

“Although Westchester is the most affluent suburban county in the state of New York, more than 200,000 residents are food insecure and at risk of hunger,” says Ellen Lynch, Executive Director of the Food Bank for Westchester. “A third are children, nearly a quarter are senior citizens. Many miss one to three meals per week. The fact that individuals and families go hungry in Westchester is real, and the holiday season intensifies the problem.”

Last year alone the Food Bank for Westchester distributed 7.2 million pounds of food, yet many residents are unaware that hunger is a problem in the county, Lynch points out, and they don’t realize how far a financial contribution to the Food Bank goes. “Because we purchase food at discounted rates in truckload quantities, every dollar donated enables us to buy $4 worth of food. That is why financial support is especially meaningful.”

Lynch says the holiday season poses specific challenges for those confronted with going hungry. “At this time of year, those who are less fortunate, particularly in a wealthy area like Westchester, can feel very isolated and a lack of food becomes exceptionally painful. We recognize this and make a distinct effort to ensure that people have sufficient food.” She adds, “A fully tax-deductible donation that goes so far is a wonderful way to give back to your community during this special time of year.”

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Food Bank for Westchester simply go to www.foodbankforwestchester.org

Here are some additional options for donating to the Food Bank for Westchester: 

Matching gifts – Check with your employer to see if your donation can be matched.

Automatic monthly giving – make your New Year’s resolution to help others easy to keep – set a regular donation of $50 or $100 to be applied against your credit card – it’s likely you won’t even notice it and it can make a world of difference to a mom with hungry children.

Stock transfers – A year-end gift of stock or securities can significantly reduce your personal income taxes while providing meaningful support for hunger relief.

Review your long-term financial goals – Create a lasting legacy by including the Food Bank for Westchester in your will or estate plans.

Consult with a legal, tax and/or financial advisor before making any gift that has tax implications. Contact Pat Reino, at (914) 923-1100 or e-mail

patricia.reino@foodbankforwestchester.org for additional information on giving opportunities for the Food Bank for Westchester.

 

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