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Capital Roots

Capital Roots’ mission is to make the Capital Region of New York a place where every person has access to fresh, affordable, healthy food.

They are working harder than ever during this time of crisis - they have extended our hours, increased their food access programs, and continue to deliver produce to low income and elderly housing.  They have an affordable alternative to grocery stores and have shifted ordering so that anyone can call in and pick up at their Troy Food Hub in just minutes. 

Amy Klein is the CEO of Capital Roots.

Veggie Mobile
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Capital Roots’ longstanding “produce aisle on wheels” has undergone a roughly $85,000 upgrade. 

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On this first Food Friday of 2019, we explore food access in our region with Amy Halloran of the Unity House and Amy Klein of Capital Roots, both based in Troy, NY. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place. Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Today we’ll learn about Unity House and its partnerships with Capital Roots and Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO). We are joined by Mandy Brown, Special Events Coordinator at Unity House; Amy Halloran, Food Justice Case manager at Unity House; Will Malcolm, Food Access Manager at Capital Roots; Renata Gwozdz, Community Service Manager at CEO.

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WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Troy Friday, talking about the Trump administration’s proposed budget that would cut SNAP benefits by $193 billion dollars over a decade.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Capital Roots is a 40-year-old nonprofit organization that nourishes healthy communities with 52 Community Gardens, the Veggie Mobile, Healthy Stores, the Produce Project, Squash Hunger and more. Capital Roots is headquartered at the Urban Grow Center, a regional food hub focused on urban agriculture and produce distribution to four counties, enabling Capital Roots to triple our ability to deliver fresh food and services to underserved neighborhoods and low-income families.

Amy Klein, Chief Executive Officer of Capital Roots joins us.

Community service organization Capital Roots announced the launch of the Greater Capital Region Food System Assessment Wednesday at its headquarters and regional food hub, the Urban Grow Center, in Troy.

From Community Gardens To Capital Roots

Mar 11, 2015
Via www.capitalroots.org

 

What began four decades ago as simple garden plots in city neighborhoods has grown into an organization that now not only grows fresh food, but delivers it to people in urban neighborhoods, and also provides nutritional information for young people. To reflect their growth, Capital District Community Gardens recently changed its name to Capital Roots. Amy Klein is the Executive Director.