Ali RosenSep 5, 2017, 10:34 pmSep 7, 2017, 7:32 am

Westchester County leaders are painting the area orange to spread hunger awareness

The Food Bank for Westchester says 1 out of 5 residents is food insecure

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September is Hunger Action Month and according to the Food Bank of Westchester, 20 percent of residents are going without proper nourishment.

To serve these hungry families, the food bank is partnering with cities and towns to help fight hunger in our own neighborhoods.

“We're going orange to end hunger here in Westchester County during September,” said Leslie Gordon, the president and CEO of Foodbank for Westchester.

Leaders of our county gathered to announce their support for the one out of every five residents who are food insecure, 33 percent being children.

“This is the time of year where kids are going back to school, my kids went back today for the first day and there’s an emphasis now on children with nothing in the backpack and coming home and going to bed hungry. That can't be in a county like this,” said Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

According to Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, residents who are on the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program only have $48.50 to spend on food each week.

“…The things that we encourage our kids to do, we're not giving them the nutrition to be able to accomplish them,” Spano said.

Mayor Spano Challenged all the mayors in the county to also try and live on $48.50 cents a week.

Parts of the county including the fountains in White Plains will be lit up in orange this month to remind people about hunger.

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