On December 9, Wells Fargo surprised representatives from Feeding Westchester, Westchester County’s largest nonprofit hunger relief organization, with a $50,000 donation to help provide 150,000 meals to families this holiday season. The funds, which will assist Feeding Westchester meet the unprecedented level of need due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is in addition to Wells Fargo’s previous $100,000 in donation in 2020.
“Hunger is a year-round issue which is even more pronounced during the holidays, and this year, due to the pandemic, the need for Feeding Westchester’s services is unfortunately much greater than ever before,” said Lou Gallo, Hudson Valley/Bronx Commercial Banking market executive, Wells Fargo. “Wells Fargo is deeply committed to the communities we serve and we are glad to present this check for $50,000 so that Feeding Westchester can provide meals to people in need.”
Wells Fargo has a long-standing relationship with Feeding America®, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country, and its network of 200 member food banks, which includes Feeding Westchester.
Feeding Westchester’s network of nearly 300 partner agencies and programs throughout the county are serving between 260,000 – 300,000 residents who are hungry each month — more than twice as many as pre-COVID-19. The nonprofit has distributed nearly 20 million pounds of food, or 17.4 million meals, in the last year compared to 10.1 million pounds in 2019.
“This donation will enable us to put fresh, nutritious food on the table for nearly 40,000 families or 150,000 neighbors in need,” said Feeding Westchester President & CEO Karen C. Erren. “We thank Wells Fargo for their generosity this holiday season as well as for the support they provide throughout the year to address the critical issue of hunger.”
Earlier this year, Wells Fargo launched a nationwide Drive-Up Food Bank program, in which the company helped families facing hunger due to the COVID-19 pandemic by working with local Feeding America member food banks to reach more people by distributing food at some of the company’s branches and corporate locations. Through the end of the year, Wells Fargo will direct grants to the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, fulfilling upon the company’s previous commitment to help provide 82 million meals to families in need.
Feeding Westchester is located at 200 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford, NY 10523. They can be reached at (914) 923-1100 or by visiting feedingwestchester.org. For the latest news and updates, follow @FeedingWestchester on Facebook and Instagram and @FeedWestchester on Twitter.
About Feeding Westchester
Feeding Westchester is the county’s leading nonprofit hunger-relief organization at the heart of a network of nearly 300 partners and programs. With a mission to end hunger in Westchester County, the organization sources and distributes good, nutritious food and other resources to every community in Westchester – from Mount Vernon to Mohegan Lake. In the last year, Feeding Westchester delivered more than 20.4 million pounds of food or 17 million meals to our neighbors through soup kitchens, food pantries, schools, shelters, residential programs, and mobile distributions. For more information, visit feedingwestchester.org.
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