The information below was provided by the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force.
Our neighbors in need of food this holiday season will be the beneficiaries of a food drive taking place on Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18 at four local food markets. The food drive is sponsored by the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force (a.k.a the Food Pantry) in partnership with the United Way.
Donations of non-perishable food will be accepted at Stop & Shop on Boston Post Road in Larchmont; A & P on Mamaroneck Avenue in Mamaroneck; Mrs. Green’s on Boston Post Road in Larchmont and ShopRite on Palmer Avenue in New Rochelle. Food drive hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.
The need for food assistance in Larchmont and Mamaroneck remains high, explained Melinda Lehman, president of the Food Pantry.
“Every time we give out groceries, we feed 1,200-1,300 people, 1/3 of whom are children. New families register with us every time we are open. With the colder weather, we are already seeing an increase in the number of families needing our help, and we expect to see this need rise during the holidays.”
“Although there is a great need for help, we live in a caring, cohesive community where we look out for one another and give assistance where help is needed,” she added. “This food drive is a wonderful example of neighbor helping neighbor.”
All of the food collected at the food drive will be given directly to people living in Larchmont and Mamaroneck.
Volunteers are needed at each of the four food markets from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p..m. on Nov. 17 and 18 to collect, sort and load food, and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to load the food that has been collected into trucks. Volunteers are also needed on Monday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Community Action Program (CAP) Center, 134 Center Ave., Mamaroneck, to unload the trucks and sort the collected food. To volunteer to support the food drive, please contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@LMFoodPantry.org or 914-698-3558.
The Larchmont Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force is an all-volunteer coalition of community organizations, houses of worship and concerned citizens dedicated to assisting families living in Larchmont and Mamaroneck who need food. It runs a food pantry that distributes a nutritional bag of groceries providing four days of meals, twice a month. To learn more, to volunteer, or to donate, visit us on the web at www.LMFoodPantry.org.