Food Bank for Westchester To Host 15th Annual Take Heart Against Hunger


The Food Bank for Westchester (FBW), which has been fighting hunger for more than 20 years, will host Take Heart Against Hunger, its Annual Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at Tappan Hill Mansion.

A press release, after the jump.

All proceeds generated at the event will benefit FBW, the supply and support center for nearly 200 hunger relief member agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. In Westchester County, 200,000 residents, about 20% of the total population, are hungry or at risk of hunger. Half of them are seniors, and approximately one-third are children under the age of 18 years.

“For every dollar donated to the Food Bank, we can purchase $4 worth of nutritious food to feed children and families who are hungry,” said Christina Rohatynskyj, executive director for the Food Bank for Westchester. “This annual event is imperative to helping fight hunger in our county.”

Take Heart Against Hunger will feature a delectable five-course meal created especially for the event by Alison Awerbuch, partner, Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships. Wines paired with each course are generously donated by Pernod Ricard, USA.

The evening will also include a raffle and live auction of special, “unobtainable” items and experiences.

For reservations, tickets and/or sponsorship information, contact Katy Coppinger at (914) 923-1100 or Tickets cost $250. Sponsorships are available.

The Food Bank for Westchester is located at 358 Saw Mill River Road, Millwood, NY 10546. For more information, visit

About the Food Bank for Westchester: The Food Bank for Westchester, one of eight food banks in New York State, acquires, warehouses and distributes more than five million pounds of food annually to 200 Westchester County hunger-relief organizations, including food pantries, soup kitchens, and day care centers among others. Its mission is to lead, engage and educate Westchester County in creating a hunger-free environment. Its core activity is the solicitation, acquisition and distribution of donated, government and purchased food.


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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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