From Left to Right: Diane DeVivo, Kim Furphy, Jared Apuzzo, Roberta Apuzzo, Frank Carlone


We are grateful to receive this contribution from Paraco Gas.

We can not wait to return to serving delicious and nutritious dinners! These contributions are vital for our re-opening as we know that moving forward we will be utilizing many different types of packaging and equipment to ensure the safety of our guests as well as volunteers. We thank you for your patience during this difficult time, and we hope to be back serving the community very soon!

How We Are Continuing To Serve The Community

We would like to send a huge shout out and “Thank You!” to Westchester County (NY) Chapter, The Links – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Westchester Alumni Chapter and Fresh Direct for organizing this Donation of 100 boxes of food for the distribution at the Doles Center on Friday, June 12th.

We would also like to thank Recreation Commissioner Sylvia Gadson, Mayor Shawn Patterson-Howard and the City Employees for continuing to provide these emergency food services to the public until such time as we can get back in the Armory. We are continuing to do what we can by connecting donations like this to the City where it will get immediate use.


On behalf of the Board of Directors, Jared and myself Roberta, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal supporters for continuing to reach out to us asking how they could help in these uncertain times.

While we are not physically at the Armory, we are doing our best to continue to serve those in need.  Jared has been in connection with the City to provide whatever they need from refrigerator space to our stored pantry items.  Most recently, we were granted $3,000 from Catholic Charities for food.  We donated these food items to the City’s Grab & Go Program at the Doles Center where we knew it would get immediate use. We also expect 100 prepackaged boxes of food items from Fresh Direct to be delivered to the Doles Center on Friday, June 12 for their distribution at 3:30pm.  The distribution on May 22 handed out emergency food to over 650 people!  This is a staggering number of people in need of food, and we are pouring every effort into helping the City.  Fortunately, Feeding Westchester has been providing fresh produce and other food items to the City to help ensure that everyone gets food.  We have reached out to the City to ask if they needed our help in handing out food or connecting them with volunteers who want to help.  They ensured us that there are enough City Officials and City Workers to handle the distribution at this time.  We recognize and honor these heroes and we thank you.

Many people have been calling to find out when we will reopen or how they can help.  Our trusted volunteers want to return to serve and make meals as they have in the past.  We will reopen I have no doubt, but how we reopen is something we are still working on.  This decision must come from the City of Mount Vernon, public health officials, and Westchester County to ensure that Mt. Vernon has met all of the necessary requirements to reopen.  We will be ready to pick up right where the City left off as we know there will be a large increase in our numbers.  

 As Executive Director of Community Service Associates for 26 years I have seen many a dark time when we didn’t think we would be able to survive.  Those of you who have been with us through these times, who believe in our mission and our vital work in the community know that we will survive this crisis.  I pray that you, your family and friends stay safe and healthy and follow the rules to do so.

 We will reopen, and when we do, I look forward to seeing all of you as we continue to serve those in need, together, as we have always done “with spirit and love.”

Roberta Apuzzo




2020 Brings New Partnerships and Volunteers to CSA!

Pelham Brownie Troop 2612

Deborah Huldah Ministries

We are thrilled to forge new partnerships and invite new volunteer groups and individuals to our CSA Family! 2020 has been stellar so far as we continue receiving local support with “make a meal” donations and monetary contributions.

We’re proud to announce our newest partnership with Country Market in Eastchester as they graciously donate beverage and food items to our program!



Volunteers make up an enormous part of our daily operation. We accept all ages and any groups big or small.

Take Home Lunch

Each dinner guest receives a take home lunch consisting of a sandwich, beverage, snack, and dessert.

Our Mission

What started out in 1986 as a small lunch program has grown into one of the most vital meal programs in the City of Mount Vernon, NY.

We are here to provide a nutritious meal to the most at risk in our community. We offer a free meal, 4 nights per week to anyone in need with no eligibility criteria required.

Our primary operation is a free dinner service every Tuesday – Friday from 5pm – 5:45. We also offer a take home lunch, an emergency pantry, and other take home items (when available).

Want to Volunteer?

Want To Make A Donation?

Here are some of our supporters, past and present. We thank you!

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If you wish to send a check, please make checks payable to: “Community Service Associates, Inc.”