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4th Annual Collaborative City-Wide Effort Announced to Fight Local Hunger

July 13, 2017

Contact:  Ryan Murray, Public Relations Coordinator                                                                       
City of Albany Office of Special Events & Cultural Affairs
518-434-5417

Wes Burton, Assistant to the Executive Director
The Food Pantries for the Capital District
Work: 518-458-1167 x 12
Cell: 251-599-9226

For Immediate Release


ALBANY, NY – In recognition of continued and growing community need, The City of Albany, The Food Pantries for the Capital District, KeyBank, St. Peter’s Health Partners, and CDTA announce a collaborative City-Wide food drive beginning July 13 and running through August 3. 

The Food Pantries conducted their first food drive in conjunction with the City of Albany in 1980 and have since worked together in a public/private partnership to combat hunger. This initiative continues that partnership. Through food drives like this, The Food Pantries are able to help distribute more than a million meals to families in the City of Albany annually.

Healthy nonperishable food items can be dropped off at the following Albany locations:

Albany City Hall -24 Eagle Street (Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm)
Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center - 25 Quackenbush Square (M-F 9am-4pm, Sat 10am-3pm, Sun 11am-3pm)
Albany Fire Department - 26 Broad Street 
Albany Police Departments
  • 165 Henry Johnson Boulevard
  • 36 Western Avenue
  • 126 Arch Street
Alive at Five Concert Series - 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3
Arbor Hill Community Center - 47 N. Lark St 
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception - 125 Eagle Street 
Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) - 21 Lodge St, Floor 1 (M-F 8:30am-5pm)
Honest Weight Food Co-op - 100 Watervliet Avenue (Open 7 days a week from 8am-10pm)
KeyBank  - All 9 City of Albany locations  (M-F 9am-4pm)  
  • 66 South Pearl Street
  • New Scotland Ave, 561 New Scotland Ave
  • University Heights, 62 New Scotland Ave
  • Westgate, 911 Central Ave
  • Central Plaza, 1900 Central Ave,
  • Corporate Woods, 19 Corporate Woods Blvd
  • Empire State Plaza, 112 Grand Concourse,
  • Wolf Road, 95 Wolf Road,
  • University, 1196 Western Ave
St. Francis of Assisi - 391 Delaware Avenue (M-F 9am-3pm)
St. Peter’s Health Partners - 5 locations 
  • St. Peter’s Hospital, 315 S Manning Blvd 
  • Albany Memorial Hospital, 600 Northern Blvd
  • St. Peter’s Regional ALS Center, 19 Warehouse Row 
  • Samaritan Hospital, 2215 Burdett Ave, Troy 
  • St. Mary’s Hospital, 1300 Massachusetts Ave, Troy 
The Central Avenue Business Improvement District - 176 Central Avenue (M-F 8am-4pm)
The Food Pantries for the Capital District - 32 Essex Street (M-F 8am-4pm)
Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region - 15 Trinity Place 

Cash donations will also be accepted on The Food Pantries’ website, at their office, and Alive at Five concert events on July 13th, 20th, 27th, and August 3rd. One dollar can provide up to 6.25 pounds of food to the hungry in Albany. $10 can provide food for up to 52 meals! Additionally, a food drive continues through the rest of the Alive at Five concert series. 

“When school gets out each summer, the need to feed the children in our community increases significantly. Therefore, each year we partner with The Food Pantries to help meet that need,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “Albany is rich with generous residents who are willing to donate food to hungry children. I urge you to join this coalition of people and drop off your donation at more than20 locations. A small gesture on your part can make a big difference to a hungry family.”

“The timing of this City-Wide food drive couldn’t be better. Schools are closed for the summer, and that means additional burden on our hungry neighbors to provide meals for their children,” said Natasha Pernicka, Executive Director for The Food Pantries for the Capital District. “During the summer months, there were more than 33,000 visits by children to our 61 member food pantries.” As our coalition of food pantries is currently maintaining the highest service levels of our 38 year history, we are thankful for this partnership with the City of Albany, CDTA, KeyBank, St. Peter’s Health Partners, and the community to work together to keep our local food pantries’ shelves stocked during this great time of need.”   

“A common characteristic of strong communities is the willingness of its citizens to support and care for neighbors through unfortunate times,” said Ruth Mahoney, president, Capital Region Market, KeyBank. “This is why we are proud to join The Food Pantries, the City of Albany, St. Peter’s Health Partners, and CDTA in an effort to fight hunger by collecting healthy, non-perishable food. Not only do we hope to feed the hungry, but we also hope to provide them with the resources they need to realize a brighter future.”

“As we enjoy this beautiful Capital Region summer, it is incumbent upon us to remember that 1 in 10 of our fellow community members struggle with food insecurity,” said Virginia Golden, Chief Executive Officer of St. Peter’s and Albany Memorial Hospitals. “This initiative speaks directly to our organization's mission of being a compassionate and transforming healing presence in our community. Last year we raised 2,000 pounds of food, and this year we aim to raise 2,500 pounds. We are proud to once again partner with the City of Albany and others to collect food for those in need and, in turn, help assure no child in our area goes hungry this summer.”


“CDTA is proud to help support The Food Pantries for the Capital District with its annual summer food drive,” said David M. Stackrow, CDTA Board Chairman. “CDTA is more than just a bus company, we are integrally part of the communities we serve, and that means helping our neighbors where we can in good times and challenging times. If we can help just one family this summer, not wonder where their next meal is coming from, then we’ve done something to make a positive difference.”
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Chartered in 1686, the City of Albany is the oldest continuously chartered city in the United States, and has been the State Capital since 1797. Although the City is the seat of State Government and a thriving center of education, culture and commerce, its real spirit lies in its diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. In January 2014, Kathy M. Sheehan became the City’s 75th Mayor. 

Working together to feed the hungry in our community, The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a coalition of 61 food pantries located in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties. Annually, The Food Pantries helps fund, collect, and delivered 1,380 tons of food for our food member pantries, which helps provide food for approximately 2.7 million meals. We also support our member pantries by providing service coordination, education, training, opportunities for networking, and infant needs and holiday meals programs. Established in 1979, The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a 501 (c) (3). For more information on our programs, or how you can help, please visit www.thefoodpantries.org.

A partner in the City-wide food drive, KeyBank is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies. Their Capital Region market includes 59 branches. For more information visit www.key.com.

With nearly 12,500 employees in more than 170 locations, St. Peter’s Health Partners is the Capital Region’s largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit integrated health care network, which provides high-quality, compassionate, and sophisticated care to thousands of people every day. For more information, please visit www.SPHP.com.

ABOUT CDTA: The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) was created in 1970 by the New York State Legislature as a public benefit corporation to provide regional transportation services by rail, bus, water and air. CDTA is the premier mobility provider in the Capital Region, providing local, express, commuter and bus rapid transit services. CDTA owns and operates the Rensselaer Rail and Saratoga Springs Train Stations. Today, nearly 690 people work to deliver a transit system that transports 60,000 customers each weekday.