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Help Feed The Hungry This Thanksgiving By Giving Back In The Rivertowns

New York Basket Brigade's Westchester basket assembly event
New York Basket Brigade's Westchester basket assembly event Photo Credit: New York Basket Brigade
Volunteers help stock the Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown Food Pantry.
Volunteers help stock the Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown Food Pantry. Photo Credit: Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown Food Pantry Website

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – What better way to show how grateful you are for your blessings than to give back in return.

There are several organizations looking for help in making sure that no one forgoes a Thanksgiving meal.

New York Basket Brigade Efforts in Hartsdale

The New York Basket Bridgade is looking for donations and volunteers to assemble Thanksgiving baskets that will each feed a family of four.

"We're thrilled we are going to be able to feed 1,000 people this year, said volunteer Anna Olivo.

Thanks to Michael Stark of Fresh Direct in Jersey City New York Basket Brigade will be able to deliver five times the number of baskets they ordinarily hand out.

"They just came out of the blue," said Olivo. "That's why we were able to feel so many people, because of their generosity."

This year their Westchester volunteers will pick up food and deliver it to Our Lady of Shkodra at 361 W. Hartsdale Ave. in Hartsdale on Friday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 22 volunteers will assemble and deliver the baskets.

The baskets will be delivered to families in Westchester and New York. New York Basket Brigade partners with the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless and Bernard School in New Rochelle to identify families.

Email nycbb2014volunteers@gmail.com for details about volunteer. Drivers are currently needed for both days. Click here to make a donation and learn more about the organization.

Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown at Christ Church, 43 S. Broadway

This local food pantry is looking for turkey and food donations to feed their families with this Thanksgiving.

“The holidays are an important time for the community to come together and help each other as much as possible,” the food pantry’s Facebook page reads.

Turkey donations can be dropped off at the Sleepy Hollow Senior Center at 55 Elm St., which is generally open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations can be left with Ally or Robin in the creation department until Nov. 24.

The Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown is also running a food and toy drive through November and Decemeber. Any and all donations will be accepted.

“We will be offering any customer who donates an extra incentive so please spread the word and help those who truly need it. We know everyone will come together and lend a hand.”

For more information volunteering at the food pantry or to donate food, toys or funds visit communityfoodpantryshtt.org .

Family-to-Family, Various Restaurants in Hastings-on-Hudson

Several Hastings-on-Hudson restaurants will donate $1 of each of their checks or a set amount to Family-to-Family’ s efforts to feel local and national families.

Juniper, Maud’s Tavern, Pizza Grill, Slices, Station Café and the Taiim Falafel Shack will all participate in “ Let’s Do Dinner !” between Nov. 1 and Nov. 15.

Family-to-Family is also asking for donations to make up Thanksgiving baskets that will be given to local food pantries to distribute, and for donors for their “Sponsor A Family” program. Click here to learn more about how you can contribute to Family-to-Family.

Food Bank for Westchester at 200 Clearbrook Rd., Elmsford

The Food Bank for Westchester is looking to provide hungry Westchester families with 5,000 turkeys this Thanksgiving. Just $25 provide two families with turkey.

Click here to donate funds, here to donate time and here to donate food.

Hastings Helps The Hungry

This local groups meets once a month to prepare more than 100 meals for residents of a Yonkers shelter. To volunteer call Mary Anne McElroy at 914-478-0897. Donations can be made to Hastings Helps the Hungry, P.O.Box 53, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706.

Hastings-on-Hudson Food Pantry at the James Harmon Community Center, 44 Main St.

Donations can be dropped off at the lower level of the community center from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Call (914) 478-2471 for more information

Is your organization offering volunteer opportunities for Thanksgiving? Tell your neighbors in the comments.

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