United Way marks a million milestone in helping the food insecure

Happy Presidents’ Day. In recent years, these holidays have become less about sales and more about serving those in need. Role models abound. Recently, United Way of Westchester and Putnam reached its 10,000th delivery of meals, food boxes and household supplies to vulnerable populations throughout Westchester and Putnam counties through the Ride United Last-Mile Delivery initiative. This milestone also marked the delivery of one million meals to those in need throughout the country.   

The United Way Ride United Last-Mile home delivery program launched locally in July in response to the Covid-19 crisis to deliver food and essential goods to the underserved across the United States.

United Way’s partnership with DoorDash and generous funding from donors, including The Rockefeller Foundation and Safeway Stores’ Nourishing Neighbors program, enabled delivery services of food boxes from local food banks, food pantries and other distribution points to older adults, low-income families and those who can’t leave home, providing meals to those in need.

Those who need help finding available local resources, including food, can call 211 for more information.

For more, visit uwwp.org/food

– Georgette Gouveia

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