The most current information about hunger in Westchester County comes from a comprehensive study conducted by Feeding America in 2009 and published in Hunger in America 2010.
Although Westchester County is often reported to be one of the wealthiest counties in the country, we have a poverty rate of 8.8% meaning approximately 83,000 residents are living at or below the federal poverty level. In households that are headed by women, with no husband or partner present, this percentage skyrockets to 22.4%.
Approximately 200,000 people, or 21% of Westchester County residents, are hungry or at risk of hunger and 86,900 are receiving SNAP benefits (food stamps). More than 5 million meals were served in 2012 by soup kitchens in Westchester County, and many of these meals were served to children.
There are hundreds of hunger relief organizations in Westchester County providing food and meals for a broad range of households.