Aug. 16, 2012
-- The Food Bank for Westchester, which has been fighting hunger for 24 years, has received a generous grant of $40,000 for emergency food distribution from the MBIA Foundation. For every $1 of this donation, the Food Bank can acquire and distribute $4 worth of food to hungry Westchester children, seniors and their families. This means that MBIA’s gift will enable the Food Bank for Westchester to provide $160,000 worth of food to the community.
“MBIA and the MBIA Foundation are fully committed to supporting our communities’
families and children in need,” said Willard Hill, Jr., Managing Director at MBIA and President of the MBIA Foundation, as well as a Food Bank for Westchester board member. “The issues that impact our communities also affect our business and operations. To that end, our employees leverage their skills, passions, knowledge and resources to make a positive and significant impact in the world. Their community engagement is strongly encouraged by MBIA.”
“We are profoundly grateful for MBIA’s support – they have been our champions since our beginning in 1988, and their tradition of corporate responsibility is exemplary. This donation is well-timed as the increase in the demand for food continues to grow,” said Katy Flint Coppinger, Food Bank for Westchester’
s senior director of Development.
The Food Bank for Westchester estimates that 200,000 people in the county, or one in five Westchester residents, are hungry or at risk of hunger. Half of them are seniors; a third are children under age 18.
About the Food Bank for Westchester:
The Food Bank for Westchester, one of eight food banks in New York State, acquires, warehouses and distributes more than seven million pounds of food annually to over 220 frontline hunger-relief organizations, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care and residential programs. In early 2012, the Food Bank moved to a larger facility at 200 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford 10523 to get more food out to more hungry people in Westchester. The Food Bank’s mission is to lead, engage and educate Westchester County residents in creating a hunger-free environment. The Food Bank for Westchester is a certified member of the Feeding America network.