A certified affiliate of Second Harvest, the largest domestic hunger-relief charity in the United States, the mission of Food P.A.T.C.H. (People Allied to Combat Hunger) is to alleviate hunger and minimize food waste in Westchester County.
Food P.A.T.C.H. solicits and administers donations from both the public and private sectors, distributing food through local agencies, who, through various programs meet the needs of individuals and families.
Food P.A.T.C.H.’s core activity is the collection and distribution of donated, government and purchased food with an annual distribution of 4 million pounds. Food – PATCH also provides technical assistance and resource development for its distribution network comprised of qualified food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, residential and other feeding programs.
Food- PATCH also conducts two food security programs: STEPS works with low-income single mothers, helping them take steps toward self-sufficiency and the Food Stamp Outreach Program assists seniors, homebound people and Spanish speakers apply for and receive foods stamps. Food – PATCH is very aware that emergency food distribution is only a band-aid to the issue of poverty and hunger, but until a better solution is found it is the only way to make sure that all people who need food have access to it.
Food P.A.T.C.H.’s mission is to alleviate hunger and minimize food waste by soliciting, storing, sorting and distributing a steady supply of surplus, good quality food to Westchester’s emergency food programs, and to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community.
Food P.A.T.C.H., the Westchester County Food Bank, is the supply and support center for 200+ frontline hunger-relief member agencies throughout Westchester. Food P.A.T.C.H. collects food in warehouse quantities, stores and repacks it to fulfill member agency orders weekly. In addition to delivering 5 to 8 tons of food per day in its three trucks, member agencies pick up thousands of more pounds of food from the warehouse daily.
Ninety cents of every dollar contributed to Food P.A.T.C.H. directly feeds the hungry. Food P.A.T.C.H. distributes 4 million pounds of food annually including 700,000 pounds of fresh produce and eggs. In addition, the agency rescues prepared and perishable foods from loco restaurants and institutional cafeterias that would otherwise be discarded.