Stepping up to the ‘plate’ to fight food insecurity

Healthfirst, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health insurers, has made a generous donation to Feeding Westchester in Elmsford. The funds will help Westchester County’s largest nonprofit hunger relief organization provide nutritious meals for nearly 40,000 families (or 150,000 people) this holiday season by stocking its Mobile Food Pantry and Fresh Market Program with more than 88,000 pounds of food.

“The economic crisis caused by the pandemic has led to devastating consequences for those who were already struggling,” said Pat Wang, president and CEO of Healthfirst. “For many of our members, including one million Medicaid clients, food insecurity has always been an issue. Covid-19 has dramatically worsened the situation and laid bare how many of our neighbors lack the basic necessities to sustain a healthy life.”

Feeding Westchester’s network of nearly 300 partner agencies and programs throughout the county is serving between 260,000 and 300,000 residents who are hungry each month – more than twice as many as before Covid-19. The nonprofit has distributed nearly 20.4 million pounds of food, or 17 million meals, in the last year, compared to 10.1 million pounds in 2019.

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