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Local Food Bank Asks for Thanksgiving Donations

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. – Many businesses and organizations can only dream of expanding and outgrowing their humble beginnings, however, one organization located in Millwood is not excited about what its growth means.

While its mission becomes highlighted around Thanksgiving, the Food Bank for Westchester works year round providing meals for needy families. Soon, the food bank will moving out of its Millwood-based warehouse to a larger location in Elmsford in order to keep up with increasing demands.

“Our food bank is growing,” said Jack Heidgerd, member of the board of directors. Heidgerd said that during past two years the food they served in the community has risen from five million pounds to seven million pounds. “We are currently only serving about a third of the need right now, and it is so much greater.”

The new warehouse will allow the food bank to serve up to 16 million pounds, according to Heidgerd. While he said the increased space will allow them to help more people, it will not completely dissolve the problem, and urges New Castle citizens to pitch in by volunteering or donating.

“We do need your help in filling up the office of the warehouse,” said Heidgerd. “[Hunger] knows no religions, it knows no race, and at this point it knows no class. This is a great time to hear and it’s also a great time to listen. It’s hard to believe that there are people who will face Thursday without a meal.”

Heidgerd believes residents in Westchester may not be contributing as much as they can, due to a belief that there is not much of a need. “People often wonder why Westchester County would have such an institution with the repuation of great affluence we have in the community,” he said. “But there is great need in our community.”

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