The West Side Campaign Against Hunger has stepped up during the pandemic to ensure that all New Yorkers have access with dignity to a choice of healthy food and supportive services.
The organization has been around for more than 40 years, operating a food pantry at 263 West 86th Street, offering classes and connecting people to vital services. In the latest fiscal year, they served 35,500 people, distributing 2.1 million pounds of healthy food, and connected 5,500 families to benefits — nearly doubling the prior year’s efforts.
Each year the organization hosts a Harvest Dinner that showcases the important work it does, and gives supporters a chance to see — and taste — that work. The meal for the dinner is prepared by Culinary Pathways students in the basement of Saint Paul and Saint Andrews Church.
This year, they can’t host an in-person event, but they’ve found a new way to engage the community and raise much-needed funds.
The online Harvest Dinner event will take place on October 20th, and features an inspiring program that will showcase the incredible leadership that the WSCAH team continues to demonstrate. It’s a free event, and the WSCAH hopes it can raise both awareness and money.
The evening will feature a VIP Cocktail Hour starting at 7 p.m. with a talk and live Q&A with guest speaker, food activist, and urban farmer Karen Washington. The Main Event will start at 8 pm and will include special guest speaker, author, and teacher Rabbi Robert Levine of the Upper West Side’s Congregation Rodeph Sholom.
To learn more on how to sign up, and to donate, please go to the website.