The needs of our community demand that we grow, so the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and Food Bank of the Hudson Valley are embarking on a $6.5M Capital Campaign for a new facility that will resolve current space limitations and position us to meet the demand for the foreseeable future. Regional business leader John Rath, a long-time supporter and Advisory Board Member of the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, has agreed to chair the Capital Campaign Committee. He is joined by other business and community leaders with deep ties throughout the Hudson Valley.
Even before the COVID-19 crisis, the Food Bank was experiencing an increase in the need for food assistance year over year. Additionally, food donations are now comprised of greater amounts of fresh, frozen, and perishable food versus bulk staples, resulting in a need for additional cooler and freezer space. The small product sorting area in the current Hudson Valley facility restricts the number of volunteers the Food Bank can host. We are constrained by our inability to move fresh product through our warehouse and service the number of agencies that rely on us for their food. To successfully implement our strategic plan and improve product acquisition and distribution in the six Hudson Valley counties we serve, a new, larger facility is required.
The new, 40,000sf distribution center will be centrally located in the Town of Montgomery close to transportation routes and provide long-lasting benefits, lower overall transportation costs, improve operational efficiencies, and reduce environmental impact. The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley has begun construction of its new facility with an expected opening in the third quarter of 2024.
Your support for this project will greatly assist our hungry neighbors in the Hudson Valley. If you would like to support the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley’s Capital Campaign, you may:
• make an outright gift in cash, stock, IRA distribution, or other financial assets
• pledge support now and make payments over three years
• choose from the naming opportunities listed in our brochure
• provide support in other ways such as paving, technology, lighting, office furniture, and landscaping
If you have any questions or would like further information about the campaign, please contact the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley at 845-534-5344.