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White Plains-Based Food Bank Buys Turkeys For Those In Need

The Food Bank for Westchester hopes to provide 5,000 turkeys to families in need for Thanksgiving this year
The Food Bank for Westchester hopes to provide 5,000 turkeys to families in need for Thanksgiving this year Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The Food Bank for Westchester kicked-off its annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

At the kick-off held at the Food Bank’s Elmsford distribution warehouse it was announced that this year’s goal is to raise the funds necessary to provide 5,000 turkeys for families in need.

A donation of $25 provides turkeys for two families. With approximately 200,000 Westchester residents hungry or at risk of being hungry, there is a significant need for meals this holiday season. Last year, the Food Bank exceeded its fundraising goal and was able to provide more than 4,000 turkeys.

“As a community, it is important that we collect as many donations as possible to help out local families and to ensure a memorable Thanksgiving for those who would otherwise go without,” said Ellen Lynch, Food Bank executive director. “Thanks to everyone who supports our holiday turkey drive, a huge burden is lifted off these families’ shoulders.”

“The need is real. However, even though the campaign just started, it’s off to a good start. We have already brought in three truckloads of turkeys this year which is approximately 120,000 pounds.” The need for more turkeys in part is a result of an increase in the number of Food Bank member agencies over the last year, and that more community and faith-based organizations are responding to the increased needs of their local communities. At the same time, the Food Bank is servicing non-member agencies with its Kraft Mobile Food Pantry.

“On Thanksgiving, most families sit down for a family feast. But there are thousands of people in our county who face a daily struggle to put just a little food on the table,” said Food Bank board Chairman Rick Rakow. “The contributions enable us to provide turkeys and other ingredients for a nutritious holiday meal to make it a happy Thanksgiving for all.”

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