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In a continuation of efforts to combat food insecurity, Westchester County Executive George Latimer is rallying together with community partners to raise awareness for the invaluable programs and resources available to residents in need.

Latimer said: “Too often the struggle against food insecurity is silent. You may feel alone or trapped, but you don’t have to be. Together, we can unveil the strength within Westchester, ensuring that no one faces these challenges in the dark – collectively illuminating a path towards a more resilient future."

Under the Latimer administration, the priority for combatting food insecurity in Westchester began in 2018, until formally expanding into the Westchester County Food Security Initiative (FSI) in 2020. This comprehensive initiative brought an increased $5 million in funding, grant access and strategic capacity-building resources for Feeding Westchester and local food pantries at a critical time – serving to address the mounting community needs and logistical obstacles brought on by the immediacy of the pandemic.

Westchester County Deputy Director of Operations Emily Saltzman said: “The systematic increase in resources over the last five years to fight food insecurity in Westchester is a reflection of this administration’s unwavering dedication to support Westchester residents in need. We must continue to work together to find innovative ways to address food insecurity and the challenges faced by many since the pandemic.”

In total, over $10 million in funding has been provided by Westchester to support programs that address food insecurity since 2018. In 2023 alone, $1 million in grants were awarded to over 60 individual food pantries, soup kitchens and hunger relief organizations throughout Westchester. The recently passed 2024 County Budget also shows continued support into 2025, with $1.4 million in funding that will go to Feeding Westchester, local food pantries and programs this year. As well as opportunities for the Department of Planning to continue to maximize opportunities for federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, which can provide grants for local food programs.

Westchester County Commissioner of Planning Blanca Lopez said: “Community Development Block Grant funding supports activities that make communities stronger and more resilient. What better way to do this than by supporting programs that are at the forefront of combating food insecurity in low to moderate income communities.  The Department is proud to play a role in the Westchester County Food Security Initiative to bring much needed relief and additional resources to county residents in need.”  

In addition to providing direct support through grants and funding, the Westchester County Food Security Initiative also continues to offer capacity-building support for local food pantries and community partners, such as food pantry site visits, grant assistance, specialized food acquisition, one-on-one consultations, and launch support for newly established food pantries. For more information, contact Susan Weisman at .

Westchester County Food Security Coordinator Susan Weisman said: “Increased funding to Feeding Westchester and local pantries has enabled these organizations to provide fresh produce, meat and dairy as well as culturally appropriate items to their clients. These items are in great demand and always appreciated.”

Feeding Westchester President & CEO Karen C. Erren said: “Feeding Westchester values the ongoing partnership of County Executive Latimer and the legislators in support of our mission to nourish our neighbors in the fight against hunger.  The County support, including funding for our partner agencies and food pantries, helped us distribute 21 million pounds of nutritious food last year and underscores their commitment to increasing food security in our community.”

United Community Center of Westchester, Inc. Executive Director Jackie Agudelo said: “I want to express our heartfelt gratitude to Westchester County for the tremendous contribution to our food pantry. This assistance has made a significant impact and enhanced the quality, diversity, and reach of the food we provide to hundreds of families and individuals struggling with food insecurity. We are profoundly thankful for the County's commitment to enhancing food access and nutrition in our communities.”

Sts John Paul Clement Church Food Pantry Director Louise Taitt said: “The funding from the County is a tremendous blessing to our Food Pantry Program and the clients who benefit from these funds. This money enables us to provide nutritious food for those in need in the community. Without this funding we would have to turn away clients due to a lack of supplies.” 


Throughout Westchester, there are a host of free resources for individuals and families looking for healthy meals or guidance and support when it comes to facing food insecurity in 2024. If you or your family are struggling, you don’t have to struggle alone. Reach out today.

Residents who need food support can call 2-1-1 or go to