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Jammella Anderson stands by a community refrigerator on Elm Street in Albany
Shannon Straney / Photo provided

Coming to a street corner near you, a refrigerator.  

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.

This morning we'll learn about OpenWorld Relief, an organization that helps communities that have been affected by natural disasters. 

Benjamin Watsky is Executive Director of OpenWorld Relief, Co-founder at The Agora Method, and an Air National Guard Pilot. 

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.

This morning we learn about The Salvation Army's current efforts throughout the Capital Region. We welcome Envoy Vangerl Pegues, co-Commander of the Troy Corps; Major Leo Lloyd, co-Commander of the Glens Falls Corps; Lieutenant Bree Barker, co-Commander of the Saratoga Corps.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region’s Arbor Hill Food Pantry Manager Andre Lewis
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited a food pantry in Albany's Arbor Hill this morning to help pack healthy meals for New Yorkers struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

This morning we focus on Fareground Community to discuss hunger and food insecurity in the Beacon/Newburgh/ Wappingers Falls areas of New York’s Hudson Valley, and how Fareground has been supporting those communities. Kara Dean-Assael is co-founder of Fareground and Karen George is Fareground Board President.

Ben Downing: Hunger, Pandemics And Politics

May 14, 2020

On the one hand - skyrocketing unemployment and surging demand for emergency food assistance from Food Banks, pantries and soup kitchens. On the other hand - farms dumping milk, smashing eggs, plowing vegetables into the ground and farms closing. How can this be?

5/7/20 Panel

May 7, 2020

     The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kelly, SUNY New Paltz Communications Professor and former NYS Senator Terry Gipson.

We also welcome Executive Director of The Food Pantries for the Capital District Natasha Pernicka.

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As unemployment numbers have surged over the past few weeks, so has demand for social services including emergency food assistance.

The Comfort Food Community usually runs a ‘Give Hunger the Boot’ campaign to raise funds in support of the non-profit organization based in Greenwich, NY where proceeds benefited CFC’s programs including: the Greenwich and Cossayuna Food Pantries, the Yes! Backpack Program in partnership with Greenwich Central School, the Greenwich Community Garden and the Fresh Food Collective.

Well, that has changed this year because of the pandemic. It is now: The Kick Covid campaign - a virtual, ‘Peer-to-Peer’ campaign. That means that you can go from supporting the campaign with a single donation, to creating your own mini fundraiser.

Devin Bulger is the Executive Director of Comfort Food Community.

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.

This morning we focus on the Pat Wood Backpack Program at Schodack Central Schools. We welcome Castleton Elementary School Social Worker Jen Sober; Michelle Stilson- Maple Hill Jr./ Sr. High School Social Worker Michelle Stilson; and Maple Hill High School Teacher Rico Frese.

Roots Rising’s mission is to empower youth and build community through food and farming. Their vision is to lift up teens as community changemakers and to strengthen the local food system through the transformational power of meaningful work in Berkshire County.

Roots Rising has two main initiatives: their Youth Crews and the Pittsfield Farmers Market. The market's closure has had a huge economic effect on their farmers. It’s also a strike against food security for their low-income neighbors.

So, with generous emergency funding and support from many community organizations they have launched a Virtual Farmers Market. You can now order food online from a variety of farmers and food producers and have it delivered right to your door - Berkshire county-wide!

Roots Rising co-directors Jess Vecchia and Jamie Samowitz joined us.

Given unprecedented times, The Food Pantries for the Capital District is working to ensure that our local food pantries are prepared in the face of circumstances which are devastating to the most vulnerable community members.

Schools are closing down, hourly and low wage workers are losing income, businesses are hurting, and seniors are isolated. Local food pantries able to help. 

Natasha Pernicka is the Executive Director of The Food Pantries for the Capital District. 

Amy Halloran: The Cure for Hunger is Housing

Nov 12, 2019

A month ago, the Food Pantries for the Capital District gave me the Sister Mary Coons award, acknowledging my efforts running the food pantry at Unity House. At the gala, I spoke about the wonderful permission I felt as an employee, and the myth that low income people don't want healthy food. This was a party and I kept my comments brief, knowing I could expand elsewhere.

  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.

This morning we focus on UAlbany's Purple Pantry - a new on-campus food pantry. We are joined by Director of Student CARE Services Sally D’Alessandro and Associate Director of Off-Campus Student Services Luke Rumsey.

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Bennington College will use $1 million in grant funding to research food insecurity.

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   Premium beef from a prize 4-H steer will be feeding hungry families and homeless people in western Massachusetts for the next few months.

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. This morning we focus on The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York with Executive Director, Mark Quandt.

2018 CP Rail Holiday Train in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A train covered with holiday lights wended its way through the region this week.  While the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train may brighten the holiday, its goal is to increase awareness about the needs of local food shelves.

  A new multi-media campaign was launched this week in western Massachusetts to highlight the fact that many people in the region face hunger on a daily basis.

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     With schools back in session, a program that provided free meals to children during the summer in parks, playgrounds, campgrounds, and churches has come to an end.  In one western Massachusetts community, kids had healthy lunches delivered right to where they live from a fully-equipped kitchen on wheels.

Ben Downing: Ending Hunger

Mar 6, 2018

Massachusetts is one of the richest states in the richest nation on earth and yet, 1 in 10 people and 1 in 7 children struggle with hunger. That’s 701,630 of our family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. It’s 187,920 kids. That is a moral outrage and it should spur action to ensure no one goes hungry. Unfortunately, this hasn’t proven to be the case. Thanks to a recent study by Children’s Health Watch of Boston Medical Center we have a new way of thinking about the costs of hunger and with it hope for renewed action.

SNAP Eligibility is based principally on income and household size. Those who apply must be 150 percent below the federal poverty level, which stands at about $2,500 for a family of three.
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As President Donald Trump ponders a 30-percent cut to the nutrition program's budget, a new study finds the maximum SNAP benefit does not cover the cost of an average meal in all of New York's 62 counties.

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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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued its 2016 Household Food Security report.  It finds about 12.3 percent of American households were food insecure at some point during 2016, down from 12.7 percent in 2015.  The report indicates Vermont and New York followed that national trend.

Grant Aims To Stem Food Waste In The Hudson Valley

Jun 12, 2017
farm produce
US Department of Agriculture

A group that counts seven Hudson Valley counties as its members has received New York state funding to continue its work in food rescue and combating food insecurity. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

Local Groups Prep For Feeding The Hudson Valley

Oct 4, 2016
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A number of community organizations in the Hudson Valley are banding together to raise awareness about food waste. They’ve been prepping for a first-time event Saturday at Walkway Over the Hudson called Feeding the Hudson Valley.

Café For Kids Aims To Fight Food Insecurity

Dec 1, 2015
Kids at South End Children's Café
Jessica Bloustein Marshall/WAMC

At the hottest new restaurant in Albany’s South End, the lights are low, but the ambiance is lively.  

The tables are dressed with fresh linen, elegant water carafes and simple floral centerpieces. The décor is DIY trendy. A glittering chandelier made from silverware and wire catches the light as dozens of patrons enjoy meals made with organic, local ingredients.

Facebook: Hartford Food System

The Healthy Pittsfield Partnership is hosting a presentation on food insecurity by the executive director of the Hartford Food System Wednesday morning. Martha Page spoke with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis about the non-profit’s work.

Wednesday's event is being hosted by the Healthy Pittsfield Partnership and is open to the public. It runs from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. in the Rice Silk Mills Apartments community room in Pittsfield.

Feeding America

A new study indicates that food insecurity and hunger remain a problem in Vermont and across the country, even with the improved economy.

Wild Oats Market

A food assistance program in Berkshire County is making fresh food available for people in need.

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