ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- The Food Bank for Westchester, which has been fighting hunger for 25 years, has appointed White Plains resident Ellen Lynch as executive director.
Lynch, who was previously president and CEO of the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency, will guide the Food Bank's funding and operations to build capacity at the new Elmsford facility.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to join the incredible team of professionals, board members and other volunteers at the Food Bank for Westchester,” Lynch said. “At the core of my professional and personal life has been a commitment to promoting and improving the quality of life for people in Westchester County."
The Food Bank moved in 2012 from a 15,000 square foot warehouse in Millwood to a 37,000 square foot facility in Elmsford. The organization estimates that 200,000 people in Westchester, or about 1 in 5 county residents, are hungry or at risk of hunger. Half of them are seniors and a third are children under 18.
“We are thrilled with the appointment of Ellen Lynch as executive director,” said Food Bank Chairman of the Board Rick Rakow. “She is a results-oriented civic-minded leader with a talent for team-building and gaining community loyalty. She is just the person needed to lead the Food Bank forward in these economically difficult times."
The Food Bank distributes 14 tons of food a day to frontline hunger-relief programs, such as food pantries and soup kitchens. Last year, the Food Bank distributed nearly 7 million pounds of food, but even that was not enough to keep up with the rising demand.
"Through my work on not-for-profit boards, I have focused on initiatives that have benefited my community in a meaningful way," Lynch said. "What better way to improve the lives of many people in Westchester than to make a real and direct difference for those most vulnerable: the children, seniors and families who are hungry or living with food insecurity.”