#TheFoodPantries of the Capital District Season News


The Food Pantries for the Capital District
A Quick Byte of News
1. Open Evenings and Weekends
2. We Won! The 2016 Tech Valley Nonprofit Business Council’s
Nonprofit Organization (1-74 local employees) Award
3. 5th Annual Harvest Evening Celebration Highlights
4. Partnership in the Air: WAMC’s October Fund Drive
5. Attention all New York State Employees
6. ‘Tis the Season for Food Drives
7. Save the Date: Capital District Food Summit
8.The Food Pantries: In the Media 
1. Open Evenings and Weekends

85 % of families who are facing food insecurity have at least one working adult in the household (A Place at the Table). That is why it is so important for some of our member pantries to be open later in the evening and on weekends. Of our
56 food pantry members, more than 26% of them are open in the later evening and more than 29% are open at least one day of the weekend (some by appointment). As the community’s needs continue to grow, it is critical that we pay close attention to our guests current situations and the hours that serve them best!
For a food pantry that is open evenings or weekends,
please call The Food Pantries at 518-458-1167 or search
our online Resource Access Map.
2. We won! The 2016 Tech Valley Nonprofit Business Council’s
Nonprofit Organization (1-74 local employees) Award
We are honored to be selected as the 2016
(1-74 local employees) of the year! Thank you to our member food pantry
The platform of exposure this award will provide, will give us the opportunity to provide the community with a better understanding about food insecurity and the importance of working together to alleviate hunger. If you would like to join us to celebrate, please register here
3. Highlights from 5th Annual Harvest Evening Celebration
Champion Partner
of the 5th Annual
Harvest Evening Celebration
Along with

Robert W. Lazar, CPA, Honorary Chairperson and Natasha Pernicka, Executive Director, thank all of our generous Sponsors, Donors, Honorary Committee Members, Board of Directors, Volunteers, Member Pantries, Harvest Evening Committee Members, Chefs, Judges, Staff at Revolution Hall, Guests, The Food Pantries Staff and everyone who made the October 6th, 2016
5th Annual Harvest Evening Celebration the best yet! The event raised more than $59,000, which is an 83% increase from 2015!
We are proud to have honored The University at Albany as our
2016 Outstanding Community Partner. Over the past years through the relationships we have built with the University at Albany, they have developed
into an integral partner to our assessment, program development
and capacity building efforts.
The Chefs’ Challenge was incredible! The participants created tastings incorporating food items commonly stocked at our food pantries. The chefs included Chef Jennifer Hewes of The Point who won the Best Taste Award, Chef Sainabou Jatta and Chef Amanda Bussing of Whole Foods Market who won the Best Use of Food Pantry Item Award, Chef Kizzy Williams of Allie B’s Cozy Kitchen who won
awards for Community Choice and Simplest Recipe, Chef Melissa Sheridan and Chef Nigel Peters of Brown’s Brewing Co., and the Culinary Team from member food pantry Unity House of Troy. The judges included Steve Barnes of the
Times Union, Daniel Berman of The Fussy Little Blog, William Harris, Esq., Bailli, Chaine des Rotisseurs, Anna Kim, Yelp Elite Gold
and Donna Purnomo of Yono’s Restaurant.
For pictures of the event visit our website here.
Thank you to all our Sponsors including:
BBL Construction Services, LLC, Alison and David Blessing,
Hannay Reels Inc., Robert and Shirley Lazar, M&T Bank,
Massry Family Foundation Inc., Quikrete: Cement and Concrete Products,
Rifenburg CompaniesSodexo, Sunmark Charitable Community Foundation

Partnership in the Air: WAMC’s October Fund Drive
Thanks to YOU and our partnership with WAMC, MVP Health Care and The Seymour Fox Foundation, we were able to raise enough money for up to 250,000 pounds of food through WAMC’s October Fund Drive. That can provide 1,600 families of four with food for three months to get through the winter!
Seymour Fox Foundation
5. Attention all New York State Employees
As SEFA pledges are made this year, please remember The Food Pantries for the Capital District- SEFA# 50-00148. If you are not currently a State employee, but would like to support The Food Pantries, visit
donate here. Just $1 can provide 6.25 pounds of
food to a hungry neighbor.
If your company or organization is interested in a corporate partnership,
please contact Natasha Pernicka at [email protected]
6. ‘Tis the Season for Food Drives!
In 2015, we distributed more than 191,741 pounds of food, making it a record breaking year! Food and fund drives are so important for keeping our
member pantries’ shelves stocked!
Did you know that our coalition members distribute more than just food? They also provide toiletries, personal hygiene products, and diapers! These are items that SNAP and WIC do not cover, but are costly and crucial necessities for everyday life.
If anyone would like to hold a food, fund or alternate drive
please contact Wes Burton at [email protected]
7. Save the Date: Capital District Food Summit



Tuesday, April 4, 2016
 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Siena College
Our 1st Capital District Food Summit, sponsored by The Food Pantries for the Capital District, Siena College, and University at Albany will be held on
April 4th, 2017 at Siena College.
This event will bring together food assistance providers in order to share best practices and innovations in hunger relief efforts! This conference will feature workshops, a keynote speaker, and FED Talks, a variation of TED Talks focusing on our food system. This event includes a catered breakfast and lunch, as well as networking opportunities. More details to be announced.
To help join us in the fight against hunger
Just $1 can help provide 6.25 lbs. of food to your hungry neighbors!
And for even more up-to-date news on what The Food Pantries is up to
The Food Pantries for the Capital District, 32 Essex Street, Albany, NY 12206
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