In the Aftermath of Sandy the
African American Men of Westchester
Delivers Food and Donations to Food Pantry
Westchester County, NY: In the Wake of Sandy, the African American Men of Westchester, Inc. (“AAMW”) mobilizes to aid the Family Resource Center of Peekskill, Inc. ("Family Resource Center") in their recovery efforts. Melvin Burruss, Esq. of Peekskill and President said "“Our hearts go out to all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy—and we are glad we have helped in this meaningful way. We want to do at this time of great need to spread the true meaning of the holidays to a new level in a year when everyone is bracing for one of the most difficult financial holiday seasons in memory.
AAMW members brought in cans and/or package goods to their meeting. The members with great enthusiasm brought in a number of food items, and personal monetary donations which was delivered to the Family Resource Center of Peekskill, Inc. is a non-profit organization that offers housing counseling and housing help. They have 18 units, 8 of which are designated as temporary emergency housing units.
Eric Eller, of White Plains and Vice Present of AAMW said “Food donations are significantly down this year compared to prior years, but usage of the food pantries have gone up. Food pantries have changed from an emergency food source to a place people can go to on a regular basis.” Burruss noted that the reason that food donations is down locally is not only because of the current recession, but bigger donors have directed a lot of their contributions nationally to other areas having disasters.
The members of AAMW encourage other community organizations to mobilize to support their local food bank or charity that are especially meaningful to them and your family. While many of us will spend the holidays counting our blessings and sharing dinner with loved ones, millions of people around the country won't be so fortunate. Donating to their local food pantry will help provide a meal to people in your community who can’t afford one. This is a time to celebrate our blessings, but it's also a time to come together on behalf of those who need our help. Do what you can to help today by locating your local food pantry and giving your support and money.
AAMW is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, which was founded in 1987 to capitalize on the vast talents within the community. The goals of AAMW are to develop and implement strategies for the advancement of minorities in the Westchester County communities. Addressing the specific needs of the youth, and minority health needs in the community has been some of the key objectives of AAMW since inception. The continued success of AAMW in Westchester County is our commitment to make difference in the community. In addition, AAMW conduct an array of activities designed to strengthen family values, provide programs that enrich the educational experience of young people, and foster economic development to build strong communities to change people lives in Westchester County.
For additional information about AAMW, please visit www.aamw.com.