ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A local community is coming together to make sure those in need have enough food.
The City of Albany, The Food Pantries of the Capital District, and Key Bank are announcing their third-annual city-wide food drive, running through August 5th.
The Food Pantries of the Capital District is a coalition of 56 food panties in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties.
Annually, they help fund, collect, and deliver more than 2.4 million pounds of food to member pantries.
“People are receiving proteins, grains, fruits, vegetables, and diary at a minimum of once a month,” says Natasha Pernicka, Executive Director of The Food Pantries for the Capital District. So that helps people who receive SNAP or food stamps. A lot of times food stamps don’t provide resources for the entire month.”
More than 11% of Albany County community members are considered food insecure, meaning they don’t have resources or access to nutritious food.