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HopeNet’s Taste of Larchmont is Cancelled But You Can Still Help

HopeNet’s annual “Taste of Larchmont,” usually planned for August, is cancelled again this year…but you can still help by donating directly. (photo from 2019)

This year’s “Taste of Larchmont,” the annual summer neighborhood food showcase that raises funds for a network of local food pantries, is another casualty of the pandemic. The event was also cancelled last summer for the same reason. Since food insecurity is even greater than last year, Brandy Muñiz, Executive Director of HopeNet, the organizer of “Taste of Larchmont,” told the Buzz the organization has decided to do a direct mail donation campaign instead and they are giving back part of the proceeds to our local restaurants.

“HopeNet wanted to continue its support of the Larchmont community, who has been the best ally in the fight against food insecurity,” explained Muñiz. “So HopeNet is giving a portion of proceeds to eateries and businesses that have been partners of the Taste of Larchmont throughout the years.”

Here’s how it works — donors who give at $250, $500, $750 or $1,000 will receive a gift card as a thank you ($25, $50, $75, $100). The gift card will be chosen at random and will be mailed to the donor with their receipt. Participating restaurants include El Cholo, Go Get em tiger, Good Goose, Le Pain Quotidien, Sweetfin, Village Wine and Cheese, Le Petit Greek, Louise’s Trattoria, and Village Pizza.

“The Taste of Larchmont is HopeNet’s sole fundraising event, and its proceeds typically support 40% of our operating budget,” explained Muñiz. “Usually the event raised approximately $55,000 that that is used to purchase groceries at our 13 partner food pantries. Demand for food has only increased because of the pandemic and our resources have been pushed to the limit. This alternative fundraiser will help HopeNet to raise the funds its needs to ensure that none of our neighbors go hungry.”

Click here if you want to support “Taste of Larchmont” this year. Hopefully this annual summer tradition will be back on Larchmont next year.


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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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