ALBANY, N.Y. – January 31, 2013 –

It was a record-breaking year for the 2012 CDPHP® Holiday Appeal for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

CDPHP, along with area businesses, organizations and individuals donated $34,033 to the appeal, which benefits the Food Bank’s BackPack Program. The 2012 appeal brought in nearly $11,000 more than 2011.

The BackPack Program currently serves nearly 800 children in 32 schools across 10 counties – double the number of children served only a year ago. It provides nutritious, non-perishable food to children in grades K to 6 on Fridays to help feed them over the weekend. This was the 12th year that CDPHP has sponsored the program.

The CDPHP Holiday Appeal ran through the month of December, with CDPHP matching donations of $100 or more (up to $5,000) and contributing $5 for every new “like” on the Regional Food Bank’s Facebook page (up to $5,000).

“We are thrilled by the outpouring of support for 2012 CDPHP Holiday Appeal and the Regional Food Bank ofNortheastern New York,” said John D. Bennett, MD, president and CEO, CDPHP. “Hundreds of area children will have access to healthy food on the weekend through the Food Bank’s BackPack Program thanks to the generous donations.”

“The CDPHP Holiday Appeal far exceeded our highest expectations this year,” said Mark Quandt, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “We thank CDPHP and all the businesses and individuals who supported the Appeal for making it possible for needy and vulnerable children in our communities to be properly nourished, grow, thrive, and be more productive in school. What a wonderful gift.”

Organizations that participated in the 2012 CDPHP Holiday Appeal include:

A.E. Rosen Electrical Co.                                         Adirondack Cabling

Anchor Agency                                                         Apollo Partners N.Y., Inc.

C.J. Heilig Foundation, Inc.                                     CapBen Consulting

CapitalCare Medical Group                                     German American Club of Albany, Inc.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church                          Human Arc Corporation

Northeast Small Business Group                             NYS Teachers’ Retirement System

Park Outdoor Advertising of N.Y., Inc.                 Schenectady Federation of Teachers

Taconic Foundation                                                  The Adirondack Trust Company



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