Community Organizations Host Food Distribution on 8/26
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, residents in Rensselaer County are facing layoffs and furloughs, and many are experiencing food insecurity for the first time.
On Wednesday, August 26, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York are teaming up with Capital District Area Labor Federation, Hoosick Falls Teachers Association, Rensselaer County District Attorney's office, and the Hoosick Area Church Association to address food insecurity with a mass food distribution Hoosick Falls, NY.
The food distribution, or “drive-thru pantry,” is a part of Catholic Charities’ mobile outreach initiative, “CC MOVE,” an effort to provide supplemental and emergency food in areas with limited access to services at time when many are struggling. Food items provided by the Regional Food Bank will be pre-packaged by volunteers from partnering organizations and distribution will begin at Hoosick Falls Central Schools at 10:00 a.m. on August 26. The distribution is open to the public and no pre-registration is required.
There will be two distribution lines: a drive-through line and a walk-in line. Due to traffic concerns, guests are asked to not to arrive prior to the 10:00 start time.
Catholic Charities and the Regional Food Bank have distributed over 500 tons – or over one million pounds – of food so far this year. They have served an estimated 50,000 people, providing them with fresh, frozen and shelf-stable food items.
Catholic Charities has three additional food distributions scheduled:
- Thursday, August 27, 9:30 AM at 833 Broadway in Albany, NY
- Monday, August 31, 10:00 AM at the Columbia County Fair Grounds, 182 Hudson Ave in Chatham, NY
- Tuesday, September 1, 9:30 AM at Centro Civico, 143 E Main St in Amsterdam, NY
Those interested can visit ccrcda.org/events for more information.