ELMSFORD, N.Y.--The Elmsford Union Free School District is expanding its efforts to support the whole school community through a new partnership with the Food Bank for Westchester.
Beginning in the spring, the Kraft Mobile Food Pantry will visit the district on a monthly basis. The first day of distribution will be April 6.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph Ricca said the opportunity to partner with the Food Bank for Westchester is a good example of the district’s willingness to work with community-minded groups as well as its efforts to educate and support students well beyond the classroom.
The specialized beverage-style truck, to be set up in the parking lot of the Alexander Hamilton Junior/Senior High School, is being provided by the Food Bank for Westchester through a partnership with Kraft Foods. The superintendent, district administrators and faculty/staff, along with other volunteers, will facilitate the program.
“Strong minds and healthy bodies are the foundation of an outstanding educational experience,” noted Ricca, referring to the free fresh produce, meats, cheese, fruits and other nutritious goods that families can avail themselves of.
The truck will remain on the premises for 60 minutes each visit, allowing district families to stock up on free fresh produce, meats, cheese, fruits and other nutritious goods. Food is set up like a farmers market, where people can walk around and choose the food they want.
The mobile pantry can be seen in several communities across Westchester and operates in towns and villages in support of the local community.
“This partnership is another excellent support for our children, their families and the greater community in gaining access to healthy food,” added Ricca. “We all experience challenges in our lives, and the Elmsford UFSD is committed to supporting families who may be in need.”
The pantry will be run on a first-come, first-served basis. To find out when the truck is scheduled to stop at the high school, go to the district’s website.