CDPHP Holiday Appeal in Full Swing!

CDPHPThe CDPHP Holiday Appeal is in full swing! From now until the end of December, CDPHP will match donations up to a total of $10,000! All proceeds from the Appeal will benefit the Food Bank’s BackPack Program. Be sure to indicate “CDPHP Appeal” on your check or in the drop-down menu if donating online!

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City Dining Cards Now On Sale!

City Dining Cards 2014 vector deck - albany-web-01Do 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 2015 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! Decks are $20 each, and if you purchase through 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:

15 Church Restaurant
Albany Rail Yard
Angelo’s 677 Prime
Angelo’s Prime Bar & Grill
Angelo’s Tavolo
Aperitivo Bistro
Barcelona Restaurant
Bombers Burrito Bar
Bootlegger’s on Broadway
* Bountiful Bread
The City Beer Hall
Creo’
El Loco
Epicurean Bistro & Wine Bar
The Flying Chicken
Gandhi India
Ginger Man
Grappa ’72
Henry Street Taproom
Hill Street Cafe
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen
* Honest Weight Food Co-op
Jewel of India
La Serre
Lo Porto Ristorante Caffe
Lombardo’s Restaurant
Maggie’s Sports Bar
McGeary’s
McGuire’s Restaurant
The Merry Monk
Milano
Mingle
Mouzon House
Nosh NY Delicatessen
The Olde English Pub
The Orchard Tavern
Park Side Eatery
Professor M. Barley’s
Provence
The Purple Pub
Ravenous
Sciortino’s
Shogun Sushi & Sake Bar
Sperry’s Restaurant
Sunset Cafe
Tala American Bistro
Thirsty Owl Saratoga
Tierra Coffee Roasters
Tops American Grill
V&R Ristorante
The Washington Tavern
Wolff’s Biergarten

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

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When Hunger Hits Home

Your support helps us help others. The Creative Advantage generously created this video for us and we cannot thank them enough. We hope you like it.

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Troy Turkey Trot Volunteers Needed

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25th Annual Auction Gala

The 25th Annual Auction Gala will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014 at the beautiful Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs. Tickets are $125 each or $1,100 for a table of ten. For more information click here.

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Inaugural Hike For Hunger

POST EVENT UPDATE: Participants raised $3,000 for the Patroon Land Farm through the Hike for Hunger. THANK YOU, ONE AND ALL!

Imagine the feel of cool crisp air on a sunny fall day. You and your family and friends are hiking on a picturesque trail at Thacher Park. You walk for a while, taking in the scenery, and at the end of your walk you enjoy some delicious apple cider and tasty cider donuts. Sound good? Make it real. Sign up for our inaugural HIKE FOR HUNGER on October 4. All proceeds benefit the Patroon Land Farm, where we grow more than 100,000 pounds of fresh vegetables for hungry people every year. Join us!

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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.

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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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