United Way of Westchester and Putnam has teamed up with Feeding Westchester, the Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon and DoorDash to provide supplemental fresh produce to hundreds of low-income families of school-aged children weekly during the summer months. The program will run through Labor Day.
Families with students who qualify for free or reduced lunch will also receive books throughout the program.
The program is limited to households within a 10-mile delivery radius of Feeding Westchester or the Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon, including Elmsford, Larchmont, Pelham, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Tuckahoe, White Plains, or Yonkers.
Tom Gabriel, president and CEO of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, said that even in pre Covid-19 times the lack of access to fresh produce in low-income communities has been a problem.
An estimated 200,000 children, seniors and families experience food insecurity in Westchester.