As Thanksgiving draws closer, a lot of us are wondering what we can do with our kids in the spirit of giving back and helping the community. My daughter’s Brownie troop just attended a food repacking event at the Food Bank for Westchester in Elmsford, and they got to repack almost 400 bags of food for families in need. If you’re interested in doing something like that with your family, the Food Bank hosts a family repack event once a month; kids must be at least 8 years old to help out. These events fill up fast, so check the food bank volunteer opportunity page regularly to snag a spot for your family.
If you’ve got younger ones at home, the Food Bank is starting up a new program called “Breakfast Bags,” where you put together some non-perishable breakfast items (cereal, oatmeal, granola bars, juice boxes) in a bag for families in need. If you’re interested in doing this with your kids, contact Jandery DeLaCruz at the Food Bank for more information on what to include and when you can drop off your breakfast bags. They’re also collecting “Birthday Bags,” which is a gift bag that you fill up with birthday party items, such as cake mix, candles, decoration, and a small gift, to be given to a child in need.
There are also other ways to get your family involved. Pick up some extra non-perishables while food shopping with your kids, or clean out your pantry with them and gather anything extraneous to drop off at the Food Bank during their regular hours. They accept walk-ins. The Food Bank is located in the same complex as BounceU and The Play Place, so it’s easily accessible. It doesn’t take a lot to do good, and the food is going to Westchester residents, so you know you’re helping out people within your own community.
The Food Bank for Westchester, 200 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford