The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry

Distributing more than just canned food

Made up of 13 different congregations in our community including 2 synagogues and 11 churches, The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry distributes to their clients 14 free meals worth of food for each family member, each week. In 2017 the Pantry served nearly 40,000 clients. The Pantry’s food distributions have increasingly included more and more fresh, local food.

In addition to supplying clients with traditional food pantry items like canned and packaged goods, dairy products and meats, the Pantry is also able to offer fresh local produce due to donations from area organizations.  Feeding Westchester (formerly the Food Bank for Westchester) provides free local produce twice a month; and every week in season, Hilltop Hanover provides fresh food from their farm to add to the Pantry’s food distribution to clients. Hilltop Hanover has already donated 3,534 pounds of food in 2018.

In the past the Pantry has also received produce donations from the Grafflin Elementary School garden in Chappaqua, the Mt. Kisco Elementary School garden, InterGenerate community garden in Mt. Kisco, and Steinhardt’s garden. They also receive donations from Panera Bread, Mt. Kisco bagels, and the Bagel Emporium in Armonk. 

According to Roberta Horowitz, the Director of the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry, “Clients love the program- they are always very excited to get the fresh produce. Healthy eating is very important to us.” That is why the Pantry also offers cooking classes that help promote healthy eating and icons displayed around the Pantry that show foods that are better for people with diabetes or high cholesterol, for example. 

If you are interested in getting involved, you can donate food or join the volunteers Tuesdays 5-7 pm or Wednesdays 9:30-11am.

As Roberta put it, “the Pantry is Community helping community, working together to provide the food to everyone who needs it.”.