FEEDING OUR COMMUNITY
For years, the Carver Market has served as a much-needed supplemental food source for families to survive between paychecks or when SNAP benefits don’t stretch enough to cover their grocery-buying needs. In the past, the Carver Market typically served about 350 clients per month.
Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Starting in March 2020, we went from serving approximately 350 households per month to approximately 1,500 households per month. Many of our clients faced tough choices between paying their rent and buying groceries. The Carver Market was no longer a supplemental resource – it was lifeline for parents who were out of work and children who were learning from home with no access to afterschool meals.
Since the pandemic began, the Carver Center has served the equivalent of 250,000 meals to the community.
The Carver Market continues to be an important and vital resource to our food-insecure community. The Market supplements our community’s need for food, three days a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons. We are collaborating with our community partners Caritas of Port Chester (Meals on Main Street) and Feeding Westchester to feed a growing number of children, families and seniors.
The Carver Market served 20,542 households between April 2020 and June 2021. This is equal to 73,409 children, adults, and seniors at our weekday distributions.
SUMMER FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Port Chester Carver Center will again be providing healthy meals during the summer months to Port Chester School District children and families through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federally-funded, state-administered program that serves free meals to children and teens in low-income areas. Meals on Main Street will collaborate with Carver by providing weekend meals.
During July and August of 2020, Carver Center distributed 16,919 free breakfasts and lunches to Port Chester School District children 18 years of age and under from Monday through Friday at the Thomas A. Edison School in Port Chester.
EMERGENCY FOOD GRANTS
Carver Center received two Emergency Food Grants from Westchester County to prepare and distribute meals to Port Chester school district families through our Food Service Program. Between the months of September and December, we delivered 10,000 meals to Thomas Edison and JFK Elementary School families. In the first four months of 2021, we have distributed more than 1,500 meals to the two elementary school sites.
The need for food will continue to grow as we enter the upcoming Fall season. Carver Center is working on developing ways to expand our capacity to reach a broader base of our community.
Carver Center is working with Meals on Main Street (Caritas PC) to provide home delivery of meals and groceries to people who are homebound.
Anyone interested in receiving food via home delivery on SATURDAYS should call 914-305-3967.
Leave a voicemail in English or Spanish and someone will call back to confirm.
Deliveries are made on SATURDAYS ONLY.