WESTCHESTER – Representatives from Westchester’s SMART Commute Program, Feeding Westchester, and Stop & Shop joined together to host a Bee-Line Stuff a Bus food drive. The drive collected 10,291 pounds of food, equaling to 8,575 meals to our neighbors in need this holiday season. This effort aimed to address the growing issue of food insecurity in Westchester since the start of the pandemic in March.
Since the start of the Coronavirus outbreak, the need for food in Westchester County has significantly increased. Feeding Westchester’s network of agency partners and distribution programs throughout the county are serving more than 300,000 people experiencing hunger each month – that is more than twice as many, pre-COVID.
Donation bins were on site at all fourteen Stop & Shop locations throughout Westchester County for one week. The program concluded with a “stuff the bus” event at the Ossining Stop & Shop on Thursday, Oct. 29 and at the Yonkers Stop & Shop on Friday, Oct. 30.