The Food Bank for Westchester officially opened the doors of its new 37,000-square-foot warehouse in Elmsford Thursday morning, as local officials from throughout Westchester gathered at the new facility for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
“A lot of people see this facility and they say, ‘Oh my God, it’s so luxurious,’ and you know what, it is. It is very luxurious, but it’s also a necessity,” said Food Bank for Westchester Executive Director Christina Rohatynskyj. “We need to have this space so we can feed people now and into the future.”
The Food Bank, founded in 1988 as Food PATCH (Food – People Allied to Combat Hunger), had been working out of a 15,000-square-foot facility in Millwood since 1993 but a 45-percent rise in demand over three years since the recession pushed the need for a larger location. Eastchester resident Patricia Lanza donated $750,000 to match an equal amount raised by the Food Bank in order to renovate and equip the new warehouse.
The new facility is located at 200 Clearbrook Road in Elmsford. For more information visit foodbankforwestchester.org or call (914) 923-1100.