ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- Leslie Gordon, CEO of The Food Bank for Westchester, knows what it takes to help those in need. Responsible for feeding thousands of Westchester residents each year, Gordon is working to take a bite out of a growing concern across the county.
The Food Bank for Westchester began in 1988 with one man and a van serving food to in-need Yonkers residents. Now, FBW has grown to include over 8,000 volunteers serving 200,000 county residents each year. "We have accomplished so much over the years as we continue our goal of feeding families and individuals who struggle with the cost of living," said Gordon. "We help distribute over 16 tons of food a day to nearly 230 frontline agencies. It's amazing what we can accomplish with determination and manpower."
Prior to joining The Food Bank for Westchester in January of 2016, Gordon was a senior director of program strategy and operations for City Harvest, an organization that delivers food to soup kitchens that would otherwise go to waste. Gordon was a key executive in leading City Harvest's "Healthy Neighborhoods" plan to improve food access and nutritional behaviors for half-million low-income residents across New York. She also pioneered a new strategy that doubled the food distributed annually from 30 to 60 million pounds in five years.
A lifelong Westchester native and fourth-generationTarrytown resident, Gordon has taken her career experiences into improving FBW's distribution strategy."Some of the programs we have run over the past few years have really helped us reach residents, especially the children in the area," said Gordon. "It's really an everyday challenge to try to reach so many people in the community.As we raise more money and welcome more volunteers, we can help out an even broader population in Westchester."
From soup kitchens in Yonkers to children at day care centers in Peekskill, the goal of The Food Bank for Westchester is to provide food assistance to those who need it. As September is Hunger Action Awareness Month, now would be a great time to donate. "We all have a role to play in getting more food to those who need it," said Gordon. "Whether it's by advocating and raising awareness, making donations or volunteering, you can find the way that's right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Together, we can solve hunger."
The Westchester Bank is a proud supporter of The Food Bank for Westchester and continues to donate funds, time and food to their cause.