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Who Runs Westchester's Food Pantries?

Most pantries run by churches and non-profits.

The recent on petit larceny charges for allegedly stealing food and other items from the food pantry operated by the town sent shockwaves through the community.

Why would anyone take food and clothing meant for the neediest and most vulnerable residents?

While it is run by the town, the Harrison pantry accepts donations from the public and local organizations and receives a portion of its food from the Food Bank for Westchester.

None of the other food pantries in Westchester County are operated by a municipality, according to the Food Bank for Westchester, which supplies much of the food for approximately 200 hunger-relief agencies in the county.

Of the dozens of other food pantries in the county, all are run by churches and non-profits that accept donations of food and money from the public and community organizations. Some pantries also receive a small amount of government funding.

Below is a list of just some of the food pantries in the county, along with contact information and how to donate. This list is not exhaustive. Mount Vernon and Yonkers, for example, both have several food pantries. For information about food pantries in those cities and other Westchester locales not listed here, visit the Food Bank for Westchester website.

Cortlandt Manor

Holy Spirit Food Pantry
1969 Crompond Rd., Cortlandt Manor
Contact: Betty Calabrese at 914-737-2111
Hours: 3rd or 4th Monday of month 6 p.m.-8 p.m.;
Wednesday 10 a.m.- Noon; Saturday 10 a.m.-noon
Run by church volunteers. Funded by donations from individuals and supermarkets, some government funding.
Donation box for money and food in church vestibule.

Croton-on-Hudson

Cortlandt Emergency Food Pantry
Maria Rykowski
19 Old Post Road South, Croton-on-Hudson
Contact: Maria Rykowski at 914 271-3150
Hours: Saturdays at Noon
Run by volunteers. Funded by local donations, including the Harry Chapin Memorial Run Against Hunger

Katonah

Community Center of Northern Westchester
84 Bedford Road, Katonah
Contact: Claire Murray at 914-232-6572
Hours: Tues. – Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Non-profit organization, run primarily by volunteers, funded through donations. To donate click here.

Mamaroneck

Larchmont/Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force 
Mamaroneck CAP
134 Center Avenue, Mamaroneck
Contact: Grace Paley at 914-698-7140
Hours: Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday 7-8:30 p.m.
2nd & 4th Wednesday 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Volunteer coalition of community organizations, houses of worship, and individuals.  To donate funds, click here. To donate food, click here.

Mt. Kisco

Bethel Baptist Church Food Pantry
106 Maple Ave., Mt. Kisco
Contact: Ethel Eurie at 914-241-7151
Hours: Friday 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Run by church volunteers.

Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry
United Methodist Church Of Mt. Kisco
300 E. Main St.
Contact: Heather Baker Sullivan at 914-977-3295
Hours: Tuesday 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m., Wednesday 9:30 a.m.- 11 a.m.
A volunteer effort of 12 religious congregations in Bedford, Armonk and Mount Kisco. To donate, click here.

Ossining

Ossining Food Pantry
Trinity Episcopal Church
7 South Highland Ave., Ossining
Phone: 914-762-5510; en Espanol: 914-762-5857
Hours: Thursdays 6:30 p.m.-8:30p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m.-noon.
The Ossining Food Pantry also has a home delivery program and an emergency delivery service. 
To find out how to donate, click here.

 

Peekskill

Salvation Army Peekskill Food Pantry
117 Nelson Ave., Peekskill
Contact: Maj. Joyce Griffin at 914-737-0280
Hours: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Visit the Salvation Army website for more information

Mount Lebanon Baptist Food Pantry
648 Harrison Ave., Peekskill
Contact: Dorothy Sims at  914-737-6354
Hours: Friday, 10 a.m. - Noon; Wednesday, 9:20 a.m.-Noon (produce)

Harvest Time Food Pantry
1000 Orchard St., Peekskill
Contact: Elizabeth McCorvey at 914-739-0411
Hours: Monday- Friday, Noon-4 p.m.

Fred's Pantry
137 North Division St., Peekskill
Contact: Jeanne Blum at 914-7376-2636
Hours: Saturday, 9:30a.m.-11 a.m.
Part of Caring for the Homeless of Peekskill (CHOP), which also runs the Jan Peek House Center. Read about Fred’s Pantry in .

Pleasantville

Interfaith Emergency Food Pantry
United Methodist Church, 70 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville
Contact: Donna Chalfi at 914-769-3944
Hours: Every other Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

Port Chester

Port Chester Carver Center Food Pantry
400 Westchester Ave., Port Chester
Contact: Tarin Gonzales at 914-939-4464
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m-5 p.m.
The non-profit Carver Center is the largest community service center in Port Chester and runs several educational and recreational activities. The Center runs a grocery-style food and clothing pantry. Click here for more information.

Holy Rosary Food Pantry
22 Don Bosco Place, Port Chester
Contact: Deacon Bill Vaccaro at 914-939-0547
Hours: Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon
Part of the Don Bosco Community Center.

Summerfield Food Pantry
Summerfield United Methodist Church
201 King Street, Port Chester
Contact: Rev. Carmen Ortiz at 914-939-4960
Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon

New Rochelle

Hope Community Services Food Pantry
Saint Gabriel's High School
50 Washington Ave., New Rochelle
Contact: Joan Mooney at 914-235-2607
Hours: Alternate Wednesdays 9 a.m.-Noon; Closed in August
Non-profit organization with small part-time staff, but primarily run by volunteers. To donate, click here.  

New Rochelle C.A.P. Emergency Food Pantry
95 Lincoln Ave., New Rochelle 12:00 - 4:00pm
Contact: Director Norvell Brandon or Benita Hamlett 914-636-3050
Need referral letter from Department of Social Services or another agency.
Community Action Project is part of the Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. (WestCOP ), a private non-profit social service agency operating community programs in Westchester and Putnam counties.

Salvation Army New Rochelle Food Pantry
 22 Church Street, New Rochelle  
Contact: Capt. Daniel Diakanwa at 914-632-0381
Hours: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 2- 4 p.m.
Visit the Salvation Army website for more information.

The Master's Helping Hand Food Pantry
70 Church Street, New Rochelle
Contact: Pastor Terry Nochese at 914-235-9344
Hours: 2nd and 4th Friday, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Run by church volunteers.

Shiloh Baptist Church Food Pantry
Nancy Claiborn
185 Lincoln Ave., New Rochelle
Contact: Nancy Claiborn at 914-636-7440
Hours: 3rd Saturday every month, 9 a.m.-Noon


438 Main St., New Rochelle
Contact: Jean Anderson at 914-632-3627
Hours: 2nd and 4th Monday, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Tarrytown

Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow Community Food Pantry
Christ Church of Tarrytown, 43 South Broadway
Contact: Terise Levine, 914 631-6152 or marter18@optonline.net

Salvation Army Tarrytown Food Pantry
115 Wildey Street, Tarrytown
Contact: Lt. Alfonso Ciriaco at 914-631-3871
Hours: Last Friday of the month, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Visit the Salvation Army website for more information.

Tarrytown Community Opportunity Center Food Pantry
105 Wildey Street, Tarrytown  
Contact: Denise Edwards at 914-631-7340
Hours: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; On call Emergency Bags available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuckahoe

Eastchester Community Action Project Food Pantry
142-144 Main St., Tuckahoe
 Contact: Charlene Lambrecht at 914-337-7768
Hours: Twice a month on Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Emergency bags available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Part of WestCop.org.

White Plains

Greenburgh/Elmsford Community Action Project Food Pantry
32 Manhattan Ave., White Plains
Contact: Amanda Kyle-Shaw at 914-761-6605
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Part of WestCop.org.

Ecumenical Emergency Food Pantry
Thomas Slater Center, Fisher Court, White Plains
Contact:  Lorraine Buonocunto at 914-428-5770
Hours: Fridays, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.

Lord's Pantry Food Pantry
Saint Bernard's Church, 348 S. Lexington Ave., White Plains
Contact: Joan Mc Govern at 914-287-6445
Hours: Monday – Friday, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Delivers meals to homebound HIV-positive patients. Click here to donate.

First Seventh Day Adventist Church Food Pantry
180 Juniper Hill Rd., White Plains
Contact: Julie Kertz at 914-831-3747
Hours: Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.; 3rd Saturday of the month at sunset.

Salvation Army White Plains Food Pantry
16 Sterling Ave., White Plains
Contact: Claire Wares at 914-949-2908
Hours: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visit the Salvation Army website for more information.

The Sterling Club Food Pantry
 29 Sterling Ave., White Plains
Contact: Maureen Johnson at 914-949-1212
Hours: Tuesday 9:20 a.m.- 11 a.m.; Wednesday 3 p.m.- 5 p.m.; Thurday 3 p.m.- 7 p.m.; Friday 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
Food pantry is for members of the Sterling Club, an organization helping Westchester residents with serious mental illness.

White Plains Community Action Project Food Pantry
Thomas H. Slater Center. 2 Fisher Court, White Plains
Contact: Walter Bowen at 914-428-7030
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. at 70 Ferris Ave.
Part of WestCop.org.

The French Speaking Baptist Church Food Pantry
237 Ferris Ave., White Plains
Contact: Rev. Jean Alix Larose at 914-946-1117
Hours: 2nd Saturday of the month, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.

Yorktown Heights

 First Presbyterian Church Food Pantry
 2880 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights
Contact: Peter Marsh at 914-245-2186
Hours: 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Sharon Pickett February 27, 2011 at 05:19 PM
Forgot about Ossining. http://ossiningfoodpantry.org/
Rowan February 27, 2011 at 11:09 PM
Really?! Who steals from the poor?
granola girl February 28, 2011 at 05:01 AM
What a strange article, beginning with the food for the poor being stolen and ending with who runs the food pantries. No wonder more municipalities don't run them, what with employees stealing from them! The point of a news article of this type, I would think, would be to do an article on who stole the food from the poor. We know who runs the food pantries - thoughtful, dedicated individuals - some who work for the town, some who work for churches, some who work for other charities, and some who just work. The real question is, what will happen to the town employees who stole from this program?
Zach Oliva (Editor) February 28, 2011 at 03:01 PM
The employees charged with stealing from the Harrison Food Pantry are due in court on Tuesday, they were charged with petit larceny last week.
Christina Rohatynskyj March 01, 2011 at 04:46 PM
This is Christina Rohatynskyj from the Food Bank for Westchester. The incident in Harrison is unfortunate, but not so unique and fortunately rare, as many of my 200 Food Bank collegues in the USA - all Feeding America members ) can attest. It is hard to know what prompts people to take what is not theirs, and not knowing all the details I am not about to judge. I do however give great credit to Nina M ( Harrison Food Pantry ) for taking immediate action upon discovering the probelm and notifying the proper authorities, dispite the fact that it was probably a painful and difficult thing to do. She immediately increased the security of the pantry and revised protacol so that such a ting will not happend again . She did the right thing to protect the resources intended for hungry Harrison residents . I want to assure the public , that the resources they so generously donate so that others can eat are protected and great care is taken to get the donations into the hands and tummys of those who need it. All through the food distribution system checks and balances are in place so that should problems araise they can be quickly identified, resolved and the checks and balances strengthened. I commend Nina for her quick action and the town of Harrison for continuing to serve the needy in their community.
Katie Ryan O'Connor March 01, 2011 at 07:35 PM
Christina, Thank you so much for commenting. Your expertise and perspective are important to this story.

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