Giving Tuesday Now Recap with The Food Pantries of the Capital District

From the desk of Matt Shaughnessy, Development Director at The Food Pantries of the Capital District

Staff Quotes:

“Throughout this crisis, the majority of our local food pantries have remained open and many continue to face a significant rise in demand. We at The Food Pantries for the Capital District have expanded our capacity and increased the amount of food delivered across our four-county footprint by approximately 50% in response to community need.”

Natasha Pernicka, executive director of The Food Pantries for the Capital District 

“As Program Coordinator, I have been given the opportunity to manage our food assistance referral line.  Right now, I would say our Food Access Referral Line is the best resource for those that find themselves in need of help.  This program connects people with their nearest food pantry and basic needs resources.  Since the crisis, we have experienced a 900% increase in the volume of calls seeking food assistance compared to last year at this time.”

Here is a note we received from the relative of one of the community members we coordinated a delivery for: she was crying tears of joy when I called her, she said she’s trying to eat one meal and feels so uncertain about life.  My heart is so happy that she’ll have food and won’t suffer.”

– Dan Vaughan-Cherubin, program coordinator at The Food Pantries for the Capital District


“Thank you to The Food Pantries,” we called one of our clients to let them know that we would be coordinating the delivery of food tomorrow for her, she was so excited and we are thrilled that she’ll be able to start eating some nutritional food and hopefully be able to maintain her weight during this time and not get sick.  The client said, “God bless all of you for all the wonderful work that you do in our communities. I can’t even imagine us not having you people to lean on when we need to!”

Quotes from Our Members:

“Thanks to The Food Pantries for the Capital District, our pantry…has been restocked with 1,550 lbs. of food. We will be expanding our food pantry hours to meet the needs of our community.”

– YWCA-GCR’s Food Pantry

“We are appreciative to have The Food Pantries’ Food Express so we are able to get large quantities of food we need.”

– St. Clement Food Pantry

“Today we want to recognize the incredible work of The Food Pantries for the Capital District. We are proud to be part of this coalition and grateful for their valuable work. As we have seen demand increase on our food pantry- for some guests, it’s their FIRST TIME accessing a food pantry- The Food Pantries for the Capital District has stepped up the delivery frequency, making it possible for us to work with less staff and maintaining social boundaries while we work as an essential service. Thank you to Natasha and all her crew.”

– Unity House of Troy’s Food Pantry

For more information on how you can help The Food Pantries of the Capital District, visit here.

We are a network of more than 65 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties, working together to feed the hungry.  Our mission is to address hunger in the Capital District through our member food pantries.  Our vision is a hunger-free Capital Region.  We support local food pantries by funding, purchasing, collecting, and delivering food.  We provide a forum for networking, coordinating services, educating, and training pantry staff and volunteers.  We provide direct relief to people in low-access areas of the Capital Region and connect them to their nearest food pantry and basic needs resources.  We are a voice for the local hungry.

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