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.

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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!

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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.

Walmart’s philanthropic spirit expands the Food Bank’s capacity and allows us to provide critical support to hungry people. We deeply appreciate this partnership.

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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/

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CDPHP Holiday Appeal

The Annual CDPHP Holiday Appeal is in full swing! Now through December 31, CDPHP will match up to $10,000 in donations for the Food Bank’s BackPack Program! Be sure to indicate “CDPHP Holiday Appeal” on your check or when donating on our website!

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Looking for a holiday gift alternative?

If you are tired of giving the same token gifts, consider a gift to the Food Bank in honor of your family, friends, and business associates. For a donation of $5.00 or more per gift, the Food Bank will provide a card acknowledging that a financial gift to feed the hungry has been made in the name of the recipient. For more information and to view the cards, click here.

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Fleet Feet Sports 24 Hour Fight Against Hunger

Two Fleet Feet Sports employees will launch an attempt on the American record (153.76 miles, Christopher Bergland, 29/30 April 2004) for miles run on a treadmill in one 24-hour period. Their aim is to raise awareness for the issue of hunger as well as raise funds for the Food Bank. The run will start Friday, December 6 at 4:00pm and end Saturday, December 7 at 4:00pm. Check out the live stream of the runners here: http://fleetfeetalbany.com/livestream

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Call for Turkey Trot Volunteers!

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2014 City Dining Cards Now On Sale!

cdc2013_boxes-with-cards_albanyDo you love eating out or trying new restaurants? We are so glad to continue our partnership with City Dining Cards. Each deck of cards contains 50 cards, each valid at a restaurant for $10 off your food purchase of $30 or more. The deck also contains two “wild cards” with deals or freebies at another location. They are valid from now through the end of 2014 so there is plenty of time to visit your favorite spots and try some new ones! The Capital Region edition can be purchased right at the Regional Food Bank or, beginning on 11/21, at Hannaford Supermarkets! Decks are $20 each, and if you purchase through Hannaford or the Regional Food Bank, $10 from the price of each deck will come right back to the Food Bank to help people in need. To purchase your deck over the phone or by email, contact Bethany Stiles at bethanys@regionalfoodbank.net (518-786-3691 x231) or Caitlyn Krug at caitlynk@regionalfoodbank.net (518-786-3691 x232). Pickup is free, and shipping is $2.25 per deck; for larger orders, please inquire.

Restaurants included in the deck are:

All Good Bakers
Angelo’s 677 Prime
Angelo’s Prime Bar & Grill
Angelo’s Tavolo
Aperitivo Bistro
Barcelona Restaurant
Blu Stone Bistro
Bombers Burrito Bar
Bootlegger’s on Broadway
* Bountiful Bread
Café Hollywood
Creo’
DeJohn’s
El Loco
The Flying Chicken
Garden Bistro 24
Ginger Man
Grappa ’72
Hill Street Cafe
The Hollow Bar & Kitchen
The Illium Café
Jewel of India
Justin’s
The Lager House
La Serre
Legends
Lombardo’s Restaurant
Loving Café
Maggie’s Sports Bar
Mamoun’s Falafel
Mangia
McGeary’s
McGuire’s Restaurant
The Merry Monk
Milano
Mingle
Nosh NY Delicatessen
The Olde English Pub
* Perfect Blend
Pinto & Hobbs
Provence
The Purple Pub
Sciortino’s
Ship’s Pub
Shogun
Tala American Bistro
Tierra Coffee Roasters
Tops American Grill
V&R Ristorante
The Washington Tavern
Wolf’s 1-11
Wolff’s Biergarten

*Represents a wildcard, good for a free offer at this establishment

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