MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Thanks to a partnership between Community Cares and the United Way of Westchester & Putnam, 201 meals were delivered Wednesday, April 30, to families throughout Putnam County and Northern Westchester who really needed them.

Meals were picked up last week from Crossroads Deli in Mahopac and Mezza Luna in Brewster. (They use different restaurants each week.) Community Cares paid for the meals to be delivered to senior citizens, people who are medically vulnerable, first responders, and the heroes on the front line of the health crisis, the healthcare workers.

“When this crisis began, I expanded my demographic to include a wider audience to help as many people as possible through this crisis,” said Amy Sayegh, president of Community Cares. “I pledged $10,000 for meals from Community Cares. The first thing I did was enlist the help of the United Way and the Putnam County Business Council to help with the logistics and to get the word out. The United Way has stepped up and is handling all the logistics and the phone calls through 211. Since Community Cares pledged $10,000, we have received thousands more to match our original amount.”

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The United Way matched Community Cares with a $10,000 pledge of its own.

The project delivers family-style dinners to people throughout Putnam County such as senior citizens, so they do not have to go out and make themselves vulnerable.

“I would also like to note that our mission is twofold, to help vulnerable people through the meal deliveries—something we have always done to help families in a medical crisis—but also to support local businesses and help them to stay open during this shutdown,” Sayegh said. “Community Cares has been spending approximately $2,000 per week on food to local restaurants who are participating in the program.”

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