Regional Food Bank Receives $125K from Bank of America for Giving Tuesday Now
Latham, New York – May 4, 2020 - Bank of America is bringing the global Giving Tuesday movement, #GivingTuesdayNow, to northeastern New York with a $125,000 matching challenge to the Regional Food Bank. #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of generosity and unity, a day to come together and give back in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
The Food Bank launched its COVID-19 response in mid-March and since then has provided more than 6.4 million meals to people in need throughout the 23-county region it serves. It has launched partnerships with local counties, cities, and emergency response organizations to hold special distributions or drive-thru pantries, worked with senior housing sites to provide food to seniors who are unable to leave their homes, increased food to 235 school BackPack Programs, launched a program to provide food to unemployed restaurant and hospitality workers, and opened a second warehouse to safely host volunteers to sort donations while maintaining social distancing protocols.
“The need and the level of our service to respond to it are unprecedented in our organizational history,” said Mark Quandt, Executive Director. “Thousands of people are in need of food assistance for the first time in their lives, and we are doing everything we can to provide them with good, nutritious food. We thank Bank of America for their very generous matching gift for Giving Tuesday Now and hope our community will respond in a positive way to help us expand our efforts.”
“The heart of our community shines through in times like this when we hear so many people asking how they can help. Giving Tuesday presents us with the opportunity to make a significant impact and I encourage all who are able to contribute to the Regional Food Bank, and we will match their donations dollar for dollar up to $125,000,” said Jennifer MacPhee, Albany/Hudson Valley Market President for Bank of America. “Bank of America commends our longtime partner, the Regional Food Bank, for being a local leader in compassion, determination, and organization during times of need as they bring us together for Giving Tuesday.”
The Food Bank provides four meals for every dollar it spends, so this dollar-for-dollar match will enable the Food Bank to provide eight meals for every dollar donated. Gifts can be made from May 5-May 10 online at www.regionalfoodbank.net or by mailing a check to Regional Food Bank, 965 Albany-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.
CONTACT: Mark Quandt, Executive Director, (518) 786-3691
Carla Molina, Bank of America, (832) 283-2681
About The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that collects donated food from the food industry and distributes it to nearly 1,000 charitable agencies feeding the hungry in 23 counties of northeastern New York. The food provided by the Regional Food Bank helps to feed over 350,000 people each month. In 2019, the organization distributed over 40 million pounds of food to the hungry. The Regional Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks. The organization is supported by foundations, private contributions and fundraising events. For information on services offered by the Regional Food Bank, call (518) 786-3691 or visit www.regionalfoodbank.net.
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