Food Bank for Westchester raises awareness of growing hunger problem

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The Food Bank for Westchester wants to raise awareness this holiday season about the growing hunger crisis.

Leslie Gordon, who runs the Food Bank for Westchester, says they have given away 9 million pounds of food so far this year. That's about 240 full tractor-trailers worth of food. The number does not include the 7,500 turkeys given away this holiday season alone.

Gordon says hundreds of thousands of Westchester residents don't have enough to eat.

“Suburban hunger is real, it’s 20 percent of our population, so 1 in 5,” she says.

A long line of Westchester County residents waited Wednesday for a free lunch at the Sharing Center in Yonkers. Gordon says some of the people on line are veterans who served the country and seniors who are on limited income.

She also says that the problem is solvable if everyone does their part. The Food Bank for Westchester says it has about 10,000 people who volunteer throughout the year and that it is always looking for more to lend a helping hand.

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