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Westchester Volunteers Come Together To Combat Hunger, Poverty

On Saturday, November 14th 2015: A team of volunteers hold finished planter boxes that they built for a greenhouse in Harrison, where they will be used to grow fresh winter produce for those in need.
On Saturday, November 14th 2015: A team of volunteers hold finished planter boxes that they built for a greenhouse in Harrison, where they will be used to grow fresh winter produce for those in need. Photo Credit: Contributed
Volunteers at Hillside Food Outreach helped pack over 1000 bags of food for homebound families in Westchester.
Volunteers at Hillside Food Outreach helped pack over 1000 bags of food for homebound families in Westchester. Photo Credit: Contributed

Dozens of Westchester and Rockland County Good Samaritans are coming together this week in the spirit of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week courtesy of Volunteer New York!.

Beginning last Friday, and extending through Sunday, volunteers have celebrated National hunger And Homelessness Awareness Week - a national endeavor started by the National Coalition for the Homeless to “promote education, action and awareness about hunger and homelessness” – by helping the most needy in their community.

Sponsored through Volunteer New York!’s inaugural Hunger Relief Corps program, participants will spend the week of service packing and delivering food for the hungry, stocking food pantries, training the needy on gardening techniques and building greenhouse boxes, amongst other community building events.

Volunteer New York! Director of Volunteer Engagement and Community Partner Relations Judy Douglas said that this week of service gives everybody involved an opportunity to reflect and give back to their community.

“This week of service is about action and reflection as we begin to evaluate what we are thankful for,” she said. “If you want to get involved right now, the Neighborhood Food Drive is a really hopeful and exciting new project we’ve started that anyone can participate in.

“We hope it will have an exponential impact on those who are in need in our community, as well as raise greater awareness among those who may be able or interested in helping.”

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