Westchester County to give $3 million to Westchester Food Security Initiative

Westchester County Executive Latimer says that the county will be giving $3 million to the Westchester Food Security Initiative to help address summer food insecurity.

News 12 Staff

Jun 22, 2020, 5:17 PM

Updated 1,433 days ago

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Westchester County to give $3 million to Westchester Food Security Initiative
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Westchester County Executive Latimer says that the county will be giving $3 million to the Westchester Food Security Initiative to help address summer food insecurity.
BRIEFING NOTES: 
- There are 557 active cases of coronavirus in the county. Latimer says there were 951 active cases just one week ago.
- There are 89 patients hospitalized for COVID-19.
- 239,191 coronavirus tests have been performed in the county, meaning almost 24% of residents have gotten a COVID-19 test.
- There have been 1,415 fatalities related to COVID-19.
- Officials say 60,000 children in the county suffered from food insecurity before the pandemic - and that number is believed to have increased by 40%.
- Latimer says with some summer camps closed, it would be difficult for those children to get food as many offered lunch or breakfast and lunch.
- Officials say the initiative is meant to support Feeding Westchester and other food pantries, people unable to leave their homes due to the virus, people who have a person with COVID-19 in their home and restaurants who can help make food to give to those in need.
- They say there is a pilot program to deliver food to people unable to leave their home due to the virus or if they live with someone with COVID-19.
- Latimer says $3 million will be given to the initiative from the county.


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