Assemblyman David Buchwald Secures $25,000 for Westchester Food Pantries

People often associate Westchester with wealth and posh homes but many area residents struggle just to pay for food. Hunger Awareness Week (Sept. 22-29) is a pivotal time to remember the importance of supporting organizations that make sure our neighbors don’t go hungry.

Assemblyman David Buchwald announced today that he secured grants – each for $12,500 – for the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry and Meals-on-Wheels of White Plains to help these organizations continue the great work they do.

“Food insecurity is real in Westchester. Some of my constituents have to choose between paying for groceries or utility bills. Some aren’t physically capable of driving or walking to a grocery store. No one should go hungry and the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry and Meals-on-Wheels of White Plains are making sure that those who struggle to get food get the help they need. I’m so proud to support these organizations,” said Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Westchester).

One in five people in Westchester will experience food insecurity this year, according to Feeding Westchester, which represents a network of local food banks. The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry serves more than 300 households a week in northern Westchester, allowing families to select fresh produce, eggs, dairy, meat, poultry, fish and nonperishable items. Meals-On-Wheels of White Plains delivers two nutritious meals daily – one hot, one cold – to anyone who can’t shop or prepare meals for themselves, providing not just food but companionship and safety checks.

Assemblyman Buchwald represents the 93rd Assembly District, which combines leafy suburbs, traditional small town main streets and many of the parts of White Plains that make it the fastest-growing city in New York State. The district contains all of Interstate 684 in Westchester County and includes the towns of Bedford, Harrison, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, New Castle, North Castle, North Salem, Pound Ridge and the City of White Plains.

Photo captions: Assemblyman David Buchwald, who secured state grants for food pantries, helps pack a car ready to deliver meals for Meals on Wheels of White Plains, one of the grantees (top); Assemblyman David Buchwald helps in the cereal area of the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry, one of the grantees (bottom).