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Westchester Coalition For The Hungry, Homeless, Food Bank Unite

Food Bank For Westchester and Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless sign a merger.
Food Bank For Westchester and Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless sign a merger. Photo Credit: Contributed

ELMSFORD, N.Y. — Food Bank for Westchester and the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless recently signed a merger agreement.

Food Bank President/CEO Ellen Lynch and Coalition Executive Director Jeanne Blum signed the merger agreement at a ceremony held Saturday.

The following people were also in attendance at the merger:

Joseph Pizzimenti, who is launching an initiative to provide Food Bank member agencies with facilities and construction support; County Executive Rob Astorino; Westchester BOL chairman Michael Kaplowitz and Food Bank Board Chairman Richard Rakow.

Under the merger agreement, recently approved by New York State, the White Plains-based Coalition is moving its operations to Food Bank's Elmsford headquarters.

The merger will strengthen the mission of both organizations by enabling them to operate more efficiently and eliminate redundancies. With the merger, the Food Bank will continue building on the Coalition’s efforts and successes while also finding opportunities for its volunteers and supporters within the new structure.

"With the merger complete, we are positioned to provide even better service to Westchester County; to be a stronger and more effective organization in leading the charge against hunger," said Lynch. "We need to raise the level of awareness about hunger in the county and engage as many individuals, companies and community organizations as possible in the work of finding solutions."

"The merger combines the talent and resources of two outstanding organizations both with long and proud histories of serving the hungry," said Blum, who will become the vice president, Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy for the Food Bank. "We are very excited about the future as we work collectively to tackle hunger in Westchester."

County Executive Rob Astorino was in attendance at the merger.

“I applaud these two great Westchester institutions for joining forces to combat hunger," said Astorino. "By improving efficiencies they will be more effective than ever in fulfilling their shared mission, and the county stands ready as a continued strong partner."

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