Westchester County Executive George Latimer concluded Hunger Action Month with an award of $929,000 to 63 local food pantries and hunger relief organizations. The awards of up to $20,000 each will help to buy food, equipment and increase the capacity for home deliveries to food pantries that are located throughout every region of Westchester.

Latimer said, “Empowering our communities and combating food insecurity is not just a responsibility; it's a moral imperative. Too often need is hidden in plain sight and as we stand united against hunger, we're not just building a better future; we're nourishing the spirit of hope and solidarity that defines what Westchester is all about.”

Westchester County Deputy Director of Operations Emily Saltzman said: “This administration has undertaken a variety of actions to assist Westchester residents facing higher costs for everything. The funding for over 60 food pantries and feeding programs throughout the County is a recognition of the important role these organizations play in our communities. Seniors, working families and those on fixed incomes rely on these vital programs to provide nutritious food in an accessible setting and we are pleased to support their work.”

Yonkers Community Action Program Deputy Director Anthony Bailey said: “YCAP is pleased and thanks the county for being a recipient of this grant. This will afford us the opportunity to provide more families with nutrition support and healthy meals. Food insecurity is an issue that continues to increase, and we are adamant in combating it along with our partners. We appreciate the county for recognizing YCAP as one of the many institutions in Westchester that aides in the wealth and health of the community.”

Founder and Executive Director of United Community Center of Westchester, Inc. Jackie Agudelo said:"We are incredibly grateful to Westchester County Executive Gorge Latimer for the generous support to expand our food pantry capacity and increase our monthly food distributions, helping hundreds of low-income families and individuals. Our County Executive's dedication to finding solutions to end food insecurity has made a significant impact on our community. Thank you for your unwavering commitment to helping those in need!"

Feeding Westchester President & CEO Karen Erren said: "Feeding Westchester is deeply grateful for the support and leadership that Westchester County provides the non-profit community, including so many in the hunger relief system. This round of grants will make a tangible impact in the lives of our neighbors who struggle every day. Many of the food pantries represented today are smaller nonprofits with limited capacity, run by volunteers and determination. These grants help them do their work."