Feed the Dragon!

3rd Annual Dragon Boat Festival

When: July 24, 2016; 8am-3pm

Where: Mohawk Valley Marine

dragonboatWant to join in on one of the fastest growing water sports in North America? The Food Bank is proud to partner with Dragons Alive and receive a portion of the proceeds from the 3rd Annual Community Dragon Boat Festival on the Mohawk River!

Learn more about dragon boating and how your group can participate here.

Has your team already registered? We’d love it if you would fundraise as a team or individually to help raise more money for the Regional Food Bank! Setting up a Crowdrise page is easy, and awesome prizes will be awarded for the top team and individual fundraisers! Just visit here to set up your team fundraising page: https://www.crowdrise.com/FeedtheDragon2016

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Walmart’s Fight Hunger Spark Change Campaign

wmNow through April 25, Walmart is hosting its Fight Hunger, Spark Change campaign! For each use of ‪#‎FightHunger‬ on Facebook, and for each like or share of Walmart’s posts, 10 meals will be donated to Feeding America food banks. You can also support the campaign by making a donation right at Walmart registers and/or by purchasing participating products. Visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger for other ways to get involved.

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Shop With Amazon Smile

Amazon-Smile-LogoWhen you shop at Amazon Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the Regional Food Bank. Bookmark this link and support us every time you shop. http://smile.amazon.com/ch/22-2470885

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Early Bird CSA Special Extended!

csashare-summer-box1-transEarly Bird Special on Vegetable Shares!

Save $25 on a Family Share and $15 on an Individual Share if you sign up by March 12!

Click here to sign up today!

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Neighborhood Food Drive Sunday, January 10!

Neighb Food DriveHomes in participating neighborhoods will receive grocery bags by Friday, January 8 with invitations to fill them and leave them out for pick up by volunteers on Sunday, January 10.

Started by Kathy Busch in her own Guilderland neighborhood in 2008, the collection now includes thousands of households throughout the Capital District. Last year Kathy and her Hunger Champions collected more than 30,000 pounds of food. Can they beat that total this year? We sure hope so!

If you would like to participate, bring your non-perishable food donation to the Food Bank’s dock on Sunday, January 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Food Bank is located at 965 Albany Shaker Road in Latham, NY 12110. Hope to see you there!

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2015 CDPHP Holiday Appeal

CDPHP_logoUPDATE: The Appeal has been extended through January 4! The CDPHP Holiday Appeal has begun! From now through December 31, CDPHP will match donations up to a total of $10,000! All funds raised from the Appeal will benefit the BackPack Program. Be sure to indicate “CDPHP Appeal” on your check or in the dropdown menu if donating online!

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Fleet Feet’s 24 Hour Fight Against Hunger

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Giving Thanks for Expansion Grants

walmart 2Thank you, Walmart and Feeding America, for Expansion Grants!

 

We are honored to have been chosen to receive two grants that will provide tremendous help as we expand donations from retail stores. In the coming months, we will be adding more stores and additional routes to our pick up schedule. A $50,000 Infrastructure Grant awarded by Feeding America will be applied toward the cost of one of the new refrigerated trucks we will need.

We were also one of 60 food banks in the Feeding America network – and the only in New York State — to be chosen to participate in the Walmart Foundation’s Performance Pilot Grant. In 2014, donations from our retail partners totaled over 6.45 million pounds, for which the Food Bank and our Retail Partner Agencies are very grateful, but there is still much more that is available for donation from current donors and new stores that will begin donating.

Walmart is dedicated to supporting the growth of retail store programs nationwide through this new form of grant award designed to help food banks create strategic plans to achieve recovery of all possible pounds identified based on Feeding America network averages comparing yield for stores of similar size. We received an initial grant payment of $20,000, and we will work with stores and RPAs to recover more food to earn an additional $20,000.

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Feeding Hungry Kids Thanks to The Schenectady Foundation

backpack-filled-300x300Thanks to a grant from The Schenectady Foundation, and with support from MVP, SEFCU, Whitsons School Nutrition, the City Mission of Schenectady, Price Chopper Supermarkets, and the Schenectady City School District, more than 700 chronically hungry children in Schenectady city elementary schools now receive food through the Weekend BackPack Program.

Read more about the Weekend BackPack Program here:

From the Times Union:
Packing Fuel for the Weekend

From the Daily Gazette:
Partners Join in Fight Against Student Hunger

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Living Hope 5K

Join us for this scenic 5K along the Mohawk. All proceeds will benefit the Regional Food Bank! Learn more and sign up today at http://livinghope5k.com

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