Nonprofit helping National Guard distribute food in coronavirus-struck New Rochelle

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Volunteers packed meals at the Feeding Westchester warehouse in Elmsford Friday as many school districts closed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The epidemic has left many children without meals.

In New Rochelle, more than 2,800 students depend on the schools’ lunch program for at least one meal, so now more than ever, the volunteers’ efforts are needed.

MORE: A list of area schools and universities closed amid COVID-19 outbreak

The nonprofit is now the backbone of food distribution in New Rochelle where all schools are now closed, and a 1-mile containment zone is in effect. The organization has been preparing for this moment for weeks.

"So when the governor announced the containment area, we started staging because we were told the [National] Guard was coming to help us pack,” said Matt Honeycutt, of Feeding Westchester.

Five-thousand food kits that were packed and are being distributed in New Rochelle by the National Guard.

With the virus spreading and more schools closing across the region, the organization is planning to make sure no families go hungry.

"Everyone is really rallying around this moment, and as we work inside New Rochelle, We hope to model this in the next town, if it's need," Honeycutt said.

Right now, Feeding Westchester not accepting food donations but will accept monetary donations.

Donations: Feeding Westchester Website

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