On Thursday morning, Concordia and Iona College representatives handed over more than $1,200 and boxes of canned goods in support of the Eastchester CAP Food Pantry. The money and food items were generously donated through . Representatives from each College, Kathleen Hymes from Concordia’s Registrar Office and Regina Reilly of Iona’s Office of Admissions, presented ECAP Area Director Charlene Lambrecht with the contributions.
While the game itself featured a few highlight-reel catches and screaming line drives, the true winner was the Eastchester CAP Food Pantry, who received some much-needed exposure to assist so many in need in the local community.
“We are so grateful for the support and awareness that was brought to our organization through this effort," said Ms. Lambrecht. "There are so many in the community who struggle to provide for their families.”
The Food Pantry, through partnerships with local Food Banks, distributes food to more than 100 families living well below the poverty line each month. While canned food drives are prevalent throughout the holidays, there is a growing, year-round need for offerings that is often overlooked. Aside from the Food Pantry, the Eastchester CAP (Community Action Program) hosts an after-care program and summer camp for low-income families. The programs focus on fitness and nutrition while providing educational and computer skills.
It’s not too late to provide your own offering toward this worthy cause. With nearly 25% of Westchester County residents living below the poverty line and over 3,000 homeless, there is a clear need for assistance in the area. Last year, over 5 million meals were served in “affluent” Westchester, about half served to children. For more information on the Eastchester CAP Food Pantry, please contact Charlene Lambrecht, Area Director, at 914-337-7768 or email Clambrecht@westcop.org. Eastchester Community Action Program is a component of Westchester Community Opportunity Program. Inc.