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September is Hunger Action Month!

Publication1 We have food and non-food items to sort and would love to have volunteers sign up for shifts:
~Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings: 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
~Saturdays and Sundays: 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.; 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; and 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Contact Laura Martin or Mary Mazur to reserve your shift: (518)786-3691 ext. 268 or volunteers@regionalfoodbank.net

We are also looking for groups of 20-40 adults to sign up for 3-hours shifts in our Salvage Sorting Room. And of course there are plenty of volunteer opportunities at the Farm. Click on the Volunteer link at the top of this page to learn more.… Read the rest

It’s National Dairy Month!

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National Dairy Month is here and we’re celebrating “30 Days of Dairy!” Check out these tips, facts, and recipes on how you can add dairy to your diet to get the nutrients you need every day.

Folks from the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc. volunteered with us on June 9, sorting thousands of pounds of food for our member agencies. We are so thankful for this support!… Read the rest

Capital District Cruisers’ Car Shows

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Join us at Guptill’s Arena in Latham for the Capital District Cruisers’ Car Shows, where we’ll be on hand to collect donations of food and funds.

Shows run rain or shine from 4-9 p.m. on June 9, July 14, August 11, and September 8.

Gentlemen, start your engines, and let the fun begin!

Photo credit: Times Union

Photo credit: Times Union

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Food Bank Receives Several Grants from Walmart

Walmart is a strong partner in the fight against hunger, supporting Feeding America and food banks across the country in many ways. In 2013, for example, Walmart provided the Food Bank with grants for multiple projects; donated millions of pounds of food and non-food items from individual stores and its Distribution Center; supplied warehouse volunteers; and maintained active representation on our Board of Directors. In these and other ways, Walmart proved itself a friend to those in need.

Last year, Walmart provided the Food Bank $263,000 in grants alone, enabling us to start new programs, expand others, and fund a portion of our daily operations:

  • $105,000 to purchase a truck
  • $55,000 to expand the Retail Store Donation Program
  • $50,000 to set up a SNAP Outreach Program in Warren County
  • $30,000 to expand Mobile Pantry distributions
  • $15,000 to offset transportation costs
  • $8,000 to fund general operations

Walmart’s food and non-food donations provide member agencies with items that are in high demand such as meat, produce, bathroom tissue, paper towels, and diapers. Low-income people live better when they receive these at their local food pantries.

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5th Annual Mac -n- Cheese Bowl tickets now on sale!

Tickets for the 5th Annual Mac -n- Cheese Bowl are now on sale! The event will be held on Saturday, February 15 from 11am-2:30pm at the Albany Marriott. Purchase your tickets at any Price Chopper register through their Tickets to Go! Program. Adults are $20, kids 5-12 are $5 and kids under 5 are free! You can also purchase your afternoon only tickets here at the Food Bank by calling Jessica at 786-3691 x295, or stopping into our office at 965 Albany-Shaker Rd daily from 8:00am-4:00pm. We hope to see you there! Get more info here: http://regionalfoodbank.net/events/annual-mac-cheese-bowl/… Read the rest