The Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless was established in 1988. The purpose of the organization at that time is the same as it is today: to provide for our community and to allocate appropriate resources that serve all individuals in need.
The Coalition is now comprised of 141 direct service food providers throughout the country who come together to work towards easing and eventually eliminating hunger in our area. At present there are 72 food pantries, 38 soup kitchens, and 31 shelters - a number which is increasing every year due to the growing number of people living in poverty in the County.
Our member agencies rely heavily on volunteers to carry out their work. Were it not for volunteers, who provide funds, food, and time, most of them would be unable to function. The communities in which they operate are also supportive; churches, synagogues and other community facilities are used to house pantries and kitchens. Civic groups are the source of food and volunteers. All of the food is distributed to our member agencies.
In addition to serving as a clearinghouse which facilitates communication between programs, government agencies, news media, and individuals on hunger, homelessness, and related issues, we solicit and disburse funds to our members, obtained from government and private agencies, as well as from corporations and individuals. These funds are a vital source of income for food and operating expenses.