YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A Food Security Task Force aimed at unifying the town’s many food pantries has been created by the Yorktown Town Board.

The task force was created, said Town Supervisor Matt Slater, so the pantries “can share resources and collect data, and make sure that the town, frankly, is taking the necessary steps to provide this important resource that our vulnerable neighbors need.” The task force will also provide guidance to the Town Board on how best to address issues of food security.

The creation of the task force was unanimously approved at the Town Board’s meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 11. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Slater said, Yorktown’s food pantries were serving more than 1,000 families per week.

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It’s important to recognize, Slater said, that “food security is a real issue and it’s here right in our community.”

Councilwoman Alice Roker added, “It lets the community know what’s going on. There are a lot of people who don’t know that we have food pantries in Yorktown.”

The task force will have at least five volunteer members appointed by the Town Board.