Great wine and food are even better when they also nourish a good cause. Each year Westchester Magazine donates a portion of the proceeds from the Wine & Food Week to important local charities. This year's partners reflect local organizations that play a vital role in enriching the fabric of our community.
Wine & Food Weekend’s proceeds go to:
Food Bank for Westchester
Food Bank for Westchester, a not-for-profit founded in 1988, is the core of the county’s emergency food distribution network. It acquires warehouses and distributes more than 7 million pounds of food annually to 265 frontline hunger-relief programs, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care and residential programs serving the 200,000 Westchester residents who are hungry or at risk of being hungry. Based in Elmsford, NY, the Food Bank is located in a 36,000sf warehouse and is home to Westchester’s largest refrigerator and freezer. The primary activities of the FBW include, but are not limited to:
- The Food Bank provides over 95% of all the food these front-line programs distribute to feed some or all of the estimated 200,000 Westchester children, seniors and their families who are hungry or at risk of hunger.
- The organization distributes about 14 tons of food a day and nearly 7.5 million pounds of food a year. To date, the Food Bank has distributed over 100 million pounds of food to feed hungry Westchester residents
- Food Bank programs include: Kids BackPack Program - food for hungry children for the weekend; Kids Cafe - afterschool meals and snacks for hungry children; SNAP Outreach & Advocacy - food stamp information, advocacy and application assistance; Food Recovery- collection of food that would otherwise be discarded from supermarkets, bakeries, etc.; Green Thumb - fresh vegetables and fruits to hungry people weekly; Kraft Mobile Food Pantry - a 36-ft truck with refrigeration and freezer units that distributes fresh, nutritious foods directly into the hands to people who need it; and the Senior Grocery Program - groceries for seniors at risk of hunger.
- In Fiscal Year 2012-13, 8,771 volunteers donated 21,643 hours so that others may eat.
Burger & Beer Blast beneficiary: Friends of Westchester County Parks
Friends of Westchester County Parks is the only organization dedicated exclusively to promoting and supporting Westchester County parks. Friends of Westchester County Parks, which is governed by a Board of Trustees, secures and administers private funds that support the mission of the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Funds raised through membership fees and donations are used for the sole benefit of Westchester’s parks. All donations are tax deductible. Signature programs include:
- Bicycle Sundays- For the second year in a row, Friends of Westchester County Parks is matching a donation from Con Edison to allow for the continuation of Bicycle Sundays, which has become a celebrated tradition throughout Westchester. The program opens a 6.5-mile stretch of the Bronx River Parkway to bicyclists on a series of Sundays each year. Annually, Bicycle Sundays attracts 60,000 residents every Sunday in May, June and September.
- Screening Under the Stars- Friends of Westchester County Parks sponsors a free movie screening each summer at Kensico Dam Plaza. The evening includes a DJ and fun children’s activities and families are encouraged to bring picnic dinners, blankets and folding chairs.
- 4th of July Fireworks- Friends of Westchester County Parks sponsors the annual fireworks show at Kensico Dam Plaza
- Bronx River Walking Tour- The tour highlights 26 points of interest along the Bronx River, providing interesting historical facts specific to locations from Kensico Dam Plaza to Bronxville. Each stop is designated with a sign and a number which correlates to an audio to any MP3 player.