The Community Circle is made up of key donors who have made multi-year pledges with the goal of assuring the Center will be able to continue to provide food to anyone who needs support from this vital program. And to do so regardless of changes in the economic or political climate which may affect annual giving by donors and may influence the number of families in need in our neighborhoods.

Our food pantry is at the heart of our mission.  We serve almost 2,000 families each year who are struggling to make ends meet and require supplemental food during their times of distress.

Our operating budget is approximately $600,000. Each year, essentially starting fresh, the Center must raise this money primarily through individual gifts and our annual event, as well as from grants and community partner donations, corporate contributions and other smaller sources. While a third of the food needed to meet the demand is generously donated, two thirds we must purchase. We obtain much of it at discounted prices from the Food Bank for Westchester, however, we still must spend over $100,000 directly on food each year to meet the needs of our clients.  When we factor in our overall operating costs allocated to the food program approximately $150,000- $175,000 is required to provide this essential service.

We hope the generosity of the Circle donors will also inspire other donors to give generously and give the Center the flexibility to explore ways to grow our services without threat to our core food pantry program.  In addition to recognizing the Community Circle members on our web site and, where appropriate, literature, we would intend to keep the members advised of the Center’s activities through communications from the Executive Director and the Board. Each member will also be the Center’s guest at our Annual Benefit.