West Side Campaign Against Hunger


West Side Campaign Against Hunger

West Side





Our Mission

Through a supermarket-style food

pantry, the West Side Campaign

Against Hunger alleviates hunger

and creates a culture that promotes

self-reliance and works for change.

The West Side Campaign Against

Hunger changes our perception

of hungry people by working in

partnership with them, providing

food with dignity, and empowering

customers to find solutions.

Dear Friends,

As I write this, New York City is at the center of a world

financial crisis. Workers are being laid off from Wall

Street to Madison Avenue. Government is forced to spend

billions to bail out banks and insurance companies.

Who is helping the hungry?

In 2007 we served an average of 135 households a day. Now it’s 200.

WSCAH is seeing a 60% increase in first-time customers

over a year ago.

In 2007 we provided food for an average of 3000 meals a day. Now it’s 4000.

We are facing extraordinary times—need is increasing and funding for emergency food programs is


Yes, a time like this is frightening, but it also provides an opportunity to develop new solutions.

WSCAH is involved in the development of new policies to overcome hunger, to eliminate “food

deserts”, to bring local farm produce to cities, and to increase physical exercise and eliminate obesity.

It is vital that West Side Campaign Against Hunger remains a warm and welcoming place that has

sufficient food to meet the increasing need and does not turn people away. Most of our customers are

families with children (53%), the elderly (16%), and working people (26%) whose earned income is

insufficient to meet their basic needs.

Yet even in these tough times, our strength-based organization has much to be proud of, and

grateful for:

Our customers continue to volunteer to run the store. They bring in deliveries, stock shelves,

staff the check-out counter, and break down boxes to serve nearly 200 customers a day.

Our social service staff meets with all new families and helps resolve the problems of those

who are having difficulty.

The partnerships we have developed with social service agencies allow us to refer our customers

for food stamps, health insurance, housing, child care, and educational or employment needs.

Eleven agencies provide their services on site at WSCAH, making it easier for families

to gain their service.

Most of all I am grateful to those who support WSCAH and help us grow and innovate. Without

your support we would not be able to meet the increasing challenge. With your help, we

will create a better future.

Doreen Wohl

Executive Director

years of fighting 30 hunger 1979-2009

Letter from the Executive Director

1 Supermarket-Style

Customer Cooperative

What “Feeding the Whole Person”

Means at WSCAH

West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH), now

in its 30th year, is unique in its approach to hunger. Our

goals are both fulfilling immediate needs with dignity and

offering a pathway to self-sufficiency. WSCAH invented

the customer cooperative approach to emergency

food. WSCAH’s strength-based program treats our

customers respectfully: they choose their own groceries

supermarket-style from nutritious food on shelves rather

than receiving pre-packaged supplies. WSCAH makes

use of its emergency-food contact with its customers to

connect them with long-term help.

A Cooperative

of Mutual Respect

WSCAH functions as a customer cooperative, promoting

mutual respect and dignity. We are open to all New

Yorkers in need. The majority of our volunteers are

customers who choose to give back by offering their

time. In FY 08, customers worked a total of 16,382

hours. Four customer volunteers serve on the Board

of Directors. Five of our current full-time staff are

former customers. WSCAH also welcomes volunteers

from the community and from neighboring schools and

religious congregations. Volunteers help receive food

deliveries, stock shelves, bag bread, break down boxes,

assist customers, work checkout, and much more. The

cooperative model engages customers in employmentrelated

training and serves as an informal mental health

support network for those who may battle depression or

isolation at home. WSCAH convenes discussion around

advocacy issues and working collectively to eradicate

hunger and poverty.

Nutritious food and the power to improve your life

Volunteer Marina Araujo

In 2008, WSCAH provided 85,000

customers with enough food for

673,050 meals.

West Side Campaign Against

Hunger began in 1979. In

1993, WSCAH created the first

customer-choice, supermarketstyle

food pantry in the United

States, becoming the model for

other programs across

the country and internationally.

1979 n Founded by the United Methodist Church

of St. Paul and St. Andrew, in cooperation

with neighborhood churches and


1993 n Reorganized as customer-cooperative

supermarket. Customers shop for their

food and help run the store.

n Partnered with farm cooperatives,

to make fresh fruits and vegetables


2000 n Began social service counseling and


n Initiated cooking and nutrition


n Started health insurance counseling.

n Initiated computer database program to

improve counseling and referral services.

2001 n Launched WSCAH Wellness Workout,

integrating exercise classes, chef training

program, and nutrition education.

2003 n Developed strategic plan in partnership

with McKinsey & Co. and Robin Hood


2005 n Completed extensive renovation of

pantry and program offices.

2007 n

2008 n

Partnered with 20 other social service

agencies for effective referrals.

n Created extensive Resource and Referral

Guide with more than 600 contacts.

n Initiated English as a Second Language


Piloted on-site food stamp enrollment with

the Human Resources Administration.

A Tradition of Innovation


Social Services

A Tireless Advocate for Our Customers

As a as an innovator and pioneer, WSCAH serves our

clientele and community with a strong, experienced advocacy

network that reaches out to government, foundations, and

civic groups to help improve lives in our community and the

entire city. We also help other organizations enhance their

services based on our proven systems.

In addition to our innovative supermarket-style food

pantry, WSCAH offers a broad range of social services.

Counselors become the gateway for connecting customers

to hundreds of resources, spanning 34 different areas

of need. Whether it’s information and referral or more

intensive case management, counselors engage customers

to find practical solutions with the hopes of gaining

longer-term financial stability and overall wellness for

their families and communities.

Counselors assess all food pantry customers on their first

visit to the food pantry and then regularly as required to

help them toward self-sufficiency. Customers are more

likely to gain additional support services after repeated

visits with counselors.

Through WSCAH partnerships,

counselors connect customers with

services like health care, food stamps,

and job training, many of them

available on site.

We empower people to take control of their lives

Haydeth and Erick

In 2007, Haydeth, a single mom of three living in

East Harlem, referred her 14-year-old son Erick to a

WSCAH counselor because he was failing in school and

unresponsive to direction and discipline.

Due to her limited knowledge of English, Haydeth had

trouble understanding Erick’s homework and couldn’t

assist him. José, a WSCAH counselor, tutored Erick

three times a week for a month. Having observed Erick’s

consistent attendance and dedication, José then enrolled

him in an evening tutoring program. As a result, Erick’s

grades improved significantly, and he was accepted into a

competitive high school last fall.

In addition, Haydeth, who has been a regular WSCAH

volunteer, participated in WSCAH’s ESL class in spring

2007. She graduated to an intensive advanced class at the

College of Mount St. Vincent’s Institute for Immigrant

Concerns. With her greatly improved English proficiency,

Haydeth translates for Spanish-speaking customers while

volunteering in the pantry or at reception. She is also

participating more in Erick’s and her other children’s

schoolwork. José has helped to enroll the children in

summer camp and Head Start programs.

Mr. and Mrs. B


After arriving from the Caribbean, Mr. and Mrs. B were

living in a homeless shelter and receiving the minimal

allotment in public assistance and food stamps. Both were

highly motivated to advance their education and to return

to work.

Mrs. B, who suffers from a chronic ailment, was referred

by WSCAH counselors to a nearby neighborhood clinic

and a women’s support group to gain access to quality

medical services. We also referred her for free career

training and job placement. As a result, Mrs. B graduated

Volunteer Haydeth

Erick, son of Haydeth

from Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training, where

she was hailed as one of the most dedicated students.

Currently working as a Home Health Aide in a local

nursing home, Mrs. B plans to upgrade her job upon

passing the state CNA exam.

Mr. B, who is taking computer training at a Manhattan

institute, hopes to advance to higher level courses. Since

working with WSCAH, Mr. and Mrs. B have left the

shelter for a public housing apartment in Manhattan.

Social Services Counseling

3 Wellness

We don’t just provide food, we help people live healthier lives.

WSCAH promotes healthy life styles by offering daily

exercise classes, cooking demonstrations with pantry

foods, and nutrition workshops. WSCAH’s 12-week

Customer Chef Training Program instructs customers on

the basics of culinary arts and healthy, budget-conscious

meals at home or for larger groups. Of the 94 students

enrolled in the Chef Training classes since 2001, 86

have graduated, 58 are working and have increased

their income, and 26 have enrolled for available benefits

such as food stamps. Three-quarters of our customers

are Hispanic. Often Spanish is their primary language.

WSCAH offers free English as a Second Language

classes with a focus on improving oral proficiency. Of the

86 students enrolled in FY 08, all improved their English

and one student gained U.S. Citizenship. Of students

who enrolled with employment-related goals, many

reported securing new or improved work status.

WSCAH helps its customers learn about good health and how to improve

their English.

Promoting healthier living


Eugenia, a married mother of two, has been a WSCAH

customer for several years and graduated from the

Chef Training Program in 2006. Now a baker by trade,

Eugenia has worked many hours at catering events

through WSCAH.

Through our partnership with the Columbia University

Head Start program, Eugenia landed a part-time job

as an assistant cook last fall. This spring, she enrolled

in WSCAH’s ESL class. While at work, she initiated a

conversation in English with the Head Start Executive

Director. He was so impressed with her initiative, he

referred her for a full-time position.

Eugenia began her new job with a significantly higher

wage and benefits—and she continues to improve her

English every day.



Betty, a single woman who works as a child care provider,

first came to WSCAH in 2007. Suffering from chronic

diabetes and high blood pressure, Betty had been told by

her physician to lower her sugar and sodium intake.

Betty enrolled in WSCAH’s Customer Chef Training

Program and learned new skills for preparing healthy,

affordable meals. After graduating from the program,

Betty reported that her blood pressure and diabetes

had stabilized and she lost weight. She was also able to

increase her income by cooking for her employer.


Better and Healthier Lives

Statement of Activities


FOr THE YEArS EnDED JunE 30, 2008 2007


Unrestricted Restricted Total Total


Program services 464,722 464,722 409,140

Foundation grants 139,250 555,000 694,250 605,700

Corporation grants 25,964 25,964 2,355

Religious and other institutions 38,076 38,076 52,495

Individual contributions 159,429 159,429 113,777

Legislative grants 44,000 44,000 20,000

Donated food 385,048 385,048 431,829

Donated space 24,795 24,795 20,000

Interest income 14,885 14,885 15,142

Other 2,087 2,087 1,731

1,298,256 555,000 1,853,256 1,672,169

Net assets released from restrictions 544,526 (544,526) - -

Total Revenue and Support 1,842,782 10,474 1,853,256 1,672,169


Programs 1,471,152 1,471,152 1,428,685

General and administrative 88,326 88,326 81,842

Fundraising 91,875 91,875 34,315

Total Expenses 1,651,353 - 1,651,353 1,544,842

Change in Net Assets 191,429 10,474 201,903 127,327


Beginning of year 480,745 163,045 643,790 516,463

End of Year $672,174 $173,519 $845,693 $643,790

By working together we meet our collective organizational goals.

An Illustrious Group of Partners

To meet all the needs of our customers, WSCAH has formed a wide range of strategic

partnerships with various programs, community groups, and philanthropic organizations.



Department of Health/Community

Service Society

Department of Youth & Community


Human Resources Administration

City Council Discretionary Grant,

Gale Brewer

Borough President Scott Stringer


Department of Health/Hunger

Prevention Nutrition

Assistance Program

Assembly Discretionary Grant,

Linda Rosenthal

Senate Discretionary Grant,

Eric Schneiderman


Emergency Food and Shelter

Program/United Way of

New York City

United States Department of



The Achelis Foundation

America’s Second Harvest

The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner


Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.

Mazon: A Jewish Response to


The Robin Hood Foundation

Taproot Foundation

Venable Foundation


Advanced Computer Technological


Bloomberg LP

Citadel Group Foundation

City Hall Restaurant

Extell Development Company

Jefferies & Company

JP Morgan Chase Foundation

Labaton Sucharow LLC

Merrill Lynch & Co. Foundation

Whole Foods Market


The Brick Presbyterian Church

Broadway United Church of Christ

Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal


Church of St Paul & St Andrew

United Methodist

Church World Service, Crop Walk

Congregation Ansche Chesed

Congregation B’nai Jeshurun

Congregation Habonim

Congregation Rodeph Sholom

Evangelical Lutheran Church

in America

Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church

Fourth Universalist Society

Global Ministries, United Methodist


Jewish Theological Seminary

Presbytery of New York City

Rutgers Presbyterian Church

Second Presbyterian Church

St. Michael’s Church

West End Collegiate Church

West End Presbyterian Church

West Park Presbyterian Church

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah



Coalition for a Livable West Side

Columbia Community Service

Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition

Parents Association of the Calhoun


Valley Restoration Local

Development Corp.


Chubby Bunny

Community Supported

Agriculture (CSA)

City Harvest

Eli’s Bread

The Food Bank for New York City

Lucky’s Real Tomatoes

Roxbury Farm CSA

Tuv Ha’Aretz CSA

Yes We Can



AARP Tax Aide

Children’s Aid Society

Community Service Society

Credit Where Credit is Due

FEGS Center for Women and


Government Working Together

Housing Works

NYC HRA Office of Food Programs

Iris House

Urban Justic Center



American Cancer Society

Center for Independence of the

Disabled, NY

Dress for Success & Career Gear

Goddard Riverside Community


Head Start Programs

Legal Aid Society

Medical Rights Center

Partnership for the Homeless

Safe Horizon

Social Security Administration

Urban Resource Institute

Join Our Partnership

Individual Donors

Major donors

We only have room to acknowledge our largest donors but we are grateful to the hundreds of donors at other levels

who make WSCAH’s work possible.


Michael G. Fisch, American

Securities Capital Partners

Kenneth C. Griffin,

Citadel Group Foundation


Tracy Cole Barker,

Cole-Birches Foundation

Barbara Slifka Philanthropic Fund,

Jewish Communal Fund


Dena & Jeff Greenfield

Courtney Tuttle



Steven & Sheila Aresty


Mary C. Clark, Silverleaf


Barbara & Joseph Ellis

Wolf H. Hengst

Mary & Morris Rossabi

Mary & David M. Solomon

Sally Strauss & Andrew Tomback


Carolyn & John Geer

Jennifer & Timothy Kingston

Timothy Murphy

Julia Reidhead & Jamil Simon

Steve Rogers

Dr. Corrine Winston

& Joseph Rubin


Charles R. Borrok

Miriam P. Burns

Ellen B. Corenswet

Marshalynn Flowers

Helen & Stephen Freidus

Bennett Grau

Franklyn Hampton

Robert T. Hanley

Roy Hardin

Ruth Acker & Paul Heller

Joanna Samuels & Jeremy


Marjorie & Robert Imersheim

Gayle Johnson

Anna & Robert Kelly

Andrea & Lawrence Kutscher

Robert McKuin

Lillian & Andrew Meyers

Paula Pace, Frank Pace Jr.


Rivka Tenenbaum & Nayo Precel

Cynthia Round

Martin Rosenblatt

Steven G. Rubenstein

Susan Samuels

William Schwartz

Helga Shepard

Johanna Skilling

Mary B. & D. Edward Smyth

Nancy Solomon

Amy Rossabi & Howard Sterinbach

Shirley & Don Struchen

Christine Swann

Paul J. Taubman

Laurence Willig


Vicki & William Abrams

Martha Bazar, M.D.

Michele R. Brandt

Michael Buman

John Censor

Karyn Zieve & Joel Cohen

Mary L. Cooper

Stacey & Sanford P. Dumain

Anne & Jack Fried

Cheryl L. Galante

Carole M. Gaunt

Lisanne & Howard Godnick

James A. Greer II

Amy & Ronald Guttman

Noah J. Kroloff

Lauren Kurland & Scott Cohen

Ida Granowitz &

Robert J. Linderman

Kenneth Miller

Kathleen Peratis

James R. Posner

Martin Rosenblatt

Helen K. Rosenthal

Susan Chira & Michael Shapiro

Chase Stevenson

Stacy Bolton & James K. Stulman

Stephen L. Stulman

Marjorie & Charles Van Dercook

Doreen Wohl


Betsy & James B. Armstrong

Myriam Braunschvig

Barbara & Leslie Buckland

Jacques J. Capelluto

Tamara Charm

Jonathan M. Couchman

Rachel B. Cowan

Dona S. Ratterree

& Adrian DeWind

Barbara & Eric Dobkin

Tamara Duker

Marjorie Vandow & Richard Fields

Kim Shafer & Isaac Finkle

Fern & Daniel Flamberg

Sara Levine & Philip Friedman

Jonathan E. Gaines

Jeffrey Scott Glueck

Susan Rosenthal & L.M. Grosberg

Pari & Christopher Harrison

Helen & Hillel Hoffman

Jennifer Jones

Stuart Klawans

Russell E. Makowsky

Deborah J. Matz

Neal Mittman, M.D.

Estelle & Malcolm Newman

Mary D. Olivere

Ernest E. Polstein

James R. Posner

Jeffrey Preston

Penelope Raphaely

Maura Regan & James Henderson

Vicki Been & Richard Revesz

Rachel Robbins

Constance Kaiserman Robinson

Susan & Stephen Scherr

Lisa & Leon Seidman

Gary Sevitsky

Beth Kobliner Shaw

& David E. Shaw

Rebecca & Philip Siekevitz

Maria Vecchiotti & Paul Tanico

Marian M. Warden

Janice W. Wetzel

Board of directors


Stephen Rogers, Chair


Bruce Bergquist, Treasurer

Rutgers Presbyterian Church

Rev. James F. Karpen, Pastor

St. Paul & St. Andrew

Customer Directors

Zoila Estrella

Chris Gill

William Smallwood

Haydeth Tavira

Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew

Darlene DiDomineck

United Methodist General Board

of Global Ministries

Mark Duffy

Port Authority of New York

& New Jersey

Geoffrey Horrell


Rosangela Oliveira

United Methodist General Board

of Global Ministries

Julia Reidhead

W.W. Norton & Company

Cynthia Roney

Merrill Lynch

Don Struchen

Barbara Wheeler

United Methodist General Board

of Global Min. Women’s Div.

The Brick Presbyterian Church

Gayle Johnson

Sara Hurst Jenoure

Christ & St. Stephen’s Church

Lawrence Hui

Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen,


June Muller

J. Jacobs Inc.

Congregation B’nai Jeshurun

Susan Samuels

Congregation Rodeph Sholom

Alex Peltz

Peltz & Walker

West Park Presbyterian Church

Marsha Flowers

Senior Bridge

Lorraine Gonzalez

Children’s Aid Society

Franklyn Hampton


Michael Lee

American Express

William McAllister

Columbia University

Ed Ortiz

Urban Justice Center

Morris Rossabi

City University of New York

Rebecca Sparks

New York University

Andrew Tomback

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley &

McCloy LLP


Doreen Wohl, Executive Director

Monica Aravena, Fiscal Officer

Holly Park, Program Director

Stewart Desmond, Development


Sara Skolnick, Administrative



Jose Berroa-Saro, Counselor

Sonia Maguina, Receptionist

Maritza Olmos, Counselor

Maria Pacheco, Social Services


Johanna Solano, Counselor


Chris Gill, Pantry Manager

Chris Gum, Pantry Stock Manager

Jose Miranda, Janitor


Mark D’Alessandro, Customer Chef

Heidi Ehrich, ESL

Rita Lewis, Exercise

years of fighting 30 hunger 1979-2009


(100 hours and above, in order of

number of service hours)

Maria Fabian

Marina Araujo

Jim Cintron

Margaret Jelks

Altagracia Lopez

Carrie Fair

Zoila Estrella

William Smallwood

Christopher Gill

Ana Garcia

Haydeth Tavira

Francisca Urena

Andres Pastrana

Linda Marasa

Mary Grace Bookhardt

Shirley Brevard

Louise Weisz

Angela Mendez

Helene Shandall

Don Struchen

Jesus Torres

Helen Hoffman

Hilly Hoffman

Esther Koslow

Taproot Foundation credits:

Kim Piccora

Ann Thompson

Christine Rhee

Mark Bellusci

Anant Gupta

Ben Gancos

Margaret Casagrande

West Side Campaign Against Hunger Directors and Staff


Through a supermarket-

style food pantry,

alleviates hunger and

creates a culture that

promotes self-reliance.

Changes our perception

of hungry people by

working in partnership

with them, providing

food with dignity and

empowering customers to

find solutions.

West Side




Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew

263 West 86th Street

NY, NY 10024

(212) 362-3662


years of fighting 30 hunger 1979-2009

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