Squashing Hunger in the Capital Region



Article by Rebecca Whalen,  Communications and Development Manager, Capital Roots

One in 10 people in the Capital Region lacks food security – the ability to access enough food for an active, healthy life. Community feeding programs help fill nutritional gaps, but they are not always able to carry a consistent supply of fresh options. There’s where Capital Roots’ Squash Hunger program comes in.

This program started small in 2004 with 6,200 pounds of produce rescued with the help of our volunteers and community gardeners. Last year we collected and redistributed 80,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to more than 60 local food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters, and this program continues to grow! You can help by making produce donations yourself. In partnership with local businesses, we’ve placed donation bins in several locations throughout the Capital Region. Purchase some extra fruit or vegetables, or deliver extra veggies from your garden, to fill those bins. Any amount helps. Donate at any of the locations below!

Capital Roots –Capital Roots

594 River Street, Troy

Delmar Farmers Market –

332 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar, Saturdays 9am – 1pm

Delmar Marketplace –

406 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar

Honest Weight Food Coop –

100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany

New Covenant Presbyterian Church Farmers Market –

916 Western Avenue, Albany, Tuesdays 3 -6 pm

Hewitt’s – East Greenbush

179 Troy Road, East Greenbush

Hewitt’s – Clifton Park

1582 Route 9, Clifton Park

Hewitt’s – Scotia/Glenville

3 Charlton Road, Scotia

Hewitt’s – Guilderland

1969 Western Avenue, Albany

Niskayuna Co-op –

2227 Nott Street, Schenectady

Roma Foods –

9 Cobbee Road, Latham


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