Mount Vernon and Feeding Westchester Partner to Provide 1,000 Families with Turkey Dinners for Thanksgiving

Today at the Dole Center, Mayor Richard Thomas announced the donation of 1,000 turkeys that will be distributed to Mount Vernon’s neediest families in time for Thanksgiving.

The turkeys are being donated thanks to funds from Mount Vernon’s Community Development Block Grants and will be distributed by Feeding Westchester to 13 food pantries across the city. In addition to turkeys, the meals include all the fixings and side dishes needed to make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Mayor Thomas flanked by Recreation Deputy Commissioner Sylvia Gadson (right), Mayoral Advisor Shayne Brooks (second from right), and CEO of Feeding Westchester Leslie Gordon (left) announcing the donation of 1,000 Thanksgiving dinners for Mount Vernon’s neediest families

“This effort speaks to the full meaning of Thanksgiving — giving thanks for our blessings and sharing those blessings with others,” said Mayor Thomas. “This is a great example of the city’s public private partnership with Feeding Westchester where we are bringing our resources together to feed those in need — in particular with a turkey dinner for 1,000 families on Thanksgiving.”

The turkeys and fixings will be distributed in the days leading to Thanksgiving from Mount Vernon’s 13 pantries. Each pantry has been given a number of meal vouchers based on the need of its location.

“The holidays are a particular difficult time for families in need here in Westchester,” said Leslie Gordon, President & CEO, Feeding Westchester. “We are grateful to be able to work with our agency partners to provide meals that families in Mount Vernon can enjoy together during this season of giving.”