Stop & Shop Provides Feeding Westchester With Donation to Meet Growing Need for Assistance in Westchester During COVID-19 Pandemic
This week Stop & Shop provided Feeding Westchester a donation of more than 16 tons of food to assist the Westchester County community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The $55,000 donation included: rice, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, shelf stable milk, cereal, soups, pasta meals peanut butter, beans, potatoes and mac & cheese.
“Stop and Shop is proud of our long history of supporting Feeding Westchester in their mission to serve those facing food insecurity,” said Rudy DiPietro, Vice President of Operations for Stop & Shop. “Today, we are honored to make this emergency relief contribution, which will assist Feeding Westchester in providing food to so many families that suddenly find themselves in need.”
“For many people in Westchester, the crisis has left them food insecure. That’s not something we can fix with a vaccine and we won’t need a test to know that it’s there,” says Matt Honeycutt, Feeding Westchester Vice President of Development. “Generous food donations, like this one from Stop & Shop, helps Feeding Westchester as we continue to work to meet the needs of the countless local families upended by this crisis.”
Before the COVID-19 crisis, 200,000 people in Westchester were in need of assistance but the need has now more than doubled to easily half a million people. Many neighbors who previously contributed to food drives to assist their communities now find themselves in need of help. More than 1.6 million New York State residents have filed for unemployment in the last six weeks, and more than 220,000 in just the last week.