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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.

Harvest Evening Celebration is an annual fundraising gala that takes place every October.  This year Harvest Evening is going virtual.  The month-long celebration will culminate in an online VIP Virtual Reception on Thursday, October 29th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.  Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with locally well known chefs...ask questions, talk about techniques, discuss wines. There will also be a wine pull and an online silent auction.  

Natasha Pernicka is the Executive Director of The Food Pantries for the Capital District and joins us this morning. 

Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Robert Doherty, left, and District Attorney Meagan Galligan display just a few of the items they donated on May 18 to the Shepherd’s Pantry at the White Lake Reformed Presbyterian Church
Courtesy of Sullivan County government

Sullivan County officials are encouraging residents to donate food and funds as the COVID-19 pandemic leaves many struggling to meet basic needs.

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.

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. 

    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 week, we learn about Schenectady Community Ministries (Schenectady Inner City Ministry [SiCM]), founded in 1967, SiCM runs food pantries, offers free lunch programs, and provides other services to support the community.

We are joined by outgoing Executive Director Rev. Phil Grigsby and Director of the Summer Meals program and Acting Executive Director Jo-Anne Rafalik. 

The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a coalition of 64 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties. They provide funding, delivery, coordination of services and food drives, and education and training to their member food pantries.

Their fundraiser, the Harvest Evening Celebration, will be happening next Thursday October 3rd at Franklin Plaza in Troy, NY.

We are joined by Natasha Pernicka, Executive Director for The Food Pantries for the Capital District and Chef Kizzy Williams from Allie B’s Cozy Kitchen.

At the ninth annual Capital Region Canstruction design/build competition, talented teams of architects, designers, builders, engineers, and college and university students will join forces to create innovative “Disney”-inspired structures, featuring scenes from Disney classics, modern day favorites and all including a little bit of magic.

The structures will be made entirely of canned food, instead of bricks, stone, glass and other traditional building materials. Benefitting The Food Pantries for the Capital District, these structures will be on display at the New York State Museum March 27-April 10.

This year’s participants are challenged to break a local record of 104,000 pounds of food collected in addition to monetary donations to support local food pantries. To tell us more – we welcome Natasha Pernicka, Executive Director at Food Pantries for the Capital District and Sara Stein, President of Capital Region Canstruction and Architect at EYP.

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 talk with Natasha Pernicka Executive Director of the Food Pantries for the Capital District.

The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a coalition of 65 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties. They provide funding, delivery, coordination of services and food drives, and education and training to their member food pantries.

Their fundraiser, the Harvest Evening Celebration, will be happening next Thursday at Franklin Plaza in Troy, NY. We are joined by: NYS Dept of Agriculture Commissioner and Chair of the NYS Hunger and Food Policy Council Richard Ball; Executive Director of The Food Pantries for the Capital District Natasha Pernicka; Director of Community Engagement for MVP Health Care Jackie Marciniak; Vice President of The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation Glenn Monastersky, PhD; and Chefs Challenge Participants Chef Kizzy Williams from Allie B’s Cozy Kitchen and Chef Kathleen Engel St. John’s/St. Ann’s Outreach Center (Food Pantry Member).

The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation partnered with WAMC during the 2018 Winter Fund Drive to donate diapers to families in need through the The Food Pantries for the Capital District.

To tell us more, we welcome the Executive Director of the Food Pantries for the Capital District, Natasha Pernicka.

Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address earlier this month proposed a “No Student Goes Hungry” program. The five-point plan aims to combat hunger for students in kindergarten through college. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports anti-hunger advocates are praising the governor’s effort.

WAMC’s Fund Drive Exceeds All Expectations

Oct 17, 2017

WAMC’s Fund Drive Exceeds All Expectations

In one day and a morning, WAMC/Northeast Public Radio once again successfully concluded its $1 million fund drive, after having raised the first $500,000 in advance of the on-air portion of the drive. The on-air drive ended at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday with pledges still coming in.

The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a coalition of 56 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties. They provide funding, delivery, coordination of services and food drives, and education and training to their member food pantries. 

Their fundraiser, the Harvest Evening Celebration, will be happening next Thursday at Revolution Hall in Troy, NY. 

We are joined by Natasha Pernicka, Executive Director for The Food Pantries for the Capital District;  Katie Doran, Shareholder of TBC CPA Firm the Presenting Sponsor for Harvest Evening Celebration; Ruth Kassel, Ph.D., Assistant Director for the Siena College Academic Community Engagement for Community Engaged Teaching and Learning; and Kizzy Williams, Owner and Chef at Allie B.’s Cozy Kitchen.

The Berkshire Botanical Garden encompasses 15 acres of cultivated land in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

This summer, BBG has an exhibition entitled “PlayDate!” which features 11 distinctly unique play house structures ranging from the traditional "Kid's Cottage" made from recycled cedar fence to a fascinating structure called "Living from the Outside In," an outdoor mirrored room posing the question, "where does the outside end, and the inside begin?" The playhouses are on the grounds through September 24.

The Grow Show is Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual "You Grow it and We Show it" event, this year held on August 12-13.

To tell us about these things, Animals in August, and  a recent grant from Berkshire United Way for Roots Rising – we are joined by Garden Executive Director Mike Beck and Director of Horticulture Dorthe Hviid. 

 

The 4th Annual Give Hunger the Boot fundraising campaign for Comfort Food Community is underway through June 17th with a goal to raise $15,000. This community-wide campaign was born four years ago through a collaboration between Comfort Food and the Cossayuna Volunteer Fire Department to raise awareness and money to address food insecurity in the much of Southern Washington County. 

Since then much has been accomplished – permanent Pantries in Greenwich and Cossayuna, a fully subscribed Community Garden, the YES! Weekend Backpack program in the GCSD, the Fresh Food Mobile Pantry, and the Greenwich Glean Team.

The highlight of the campaign will be the 4th Annual Classic Car Show which will be held at the VFW field in Greenwich this Sunday, June 4th from noon to 4pm. To tell us more – we welcome Executive Director of the Comfort Food Community Devin Bulger, the President of the Board of Directors, Maryann McGeorge and the Chief of the Cossayuna Fire Department and Comfort Food Board Member Pat Donahue. 

A record number 16-teams consisting of more than 300 professionals from local architecture, engineering and construction firms, as well as design students, built massive structures made entirely out of canned goods at the New York State Museum on last night.

Now, this year’s Canstruction “Go Team” themed program at the New York State Museum benefiting The Food Pantries for the Capital District is underway. This year’s participants have been challenged to collect 105,000 pounds of food in addition to a monetary donation to support local food pantries.

The seventh annual Capital Region Canstruction is open to the public today through Wednesday, March 22,  2017 at the New York State Museum. To tell us more we welcome Canstruction President Sara Stein, Jill Shorter – Vice President of teaming and Natasha Pernicka – Executive Director of the Food Pantries fore the Capital District.

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.

The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a coalition of 56 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties. They provide funding, delivery, coordination of services and food drives, and education and training to their member food pantries.

To tell us more, we welcome the Executive Director of the Food Pantries for the Capital District, Natasha Pernicka. 

The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a coalition of 56 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties. They provide funding, delivery, coordination of services and food drives, and education and training to their member food pantries. Their Executive Director will join us later on.

Their fundraiser, the Harvest Evening Celebration, will be happening next Thursday at Revolution Hall in Troy, NY.

To tell us more, we welcome the Executive Director of the Food Pantries for the Capital District, Natasha Pernicka. 

Fifteen teams consisting of more than 300 professionals from local architecture, engineering and construction firms, as well as design students, built massive structures made entirely out of canned goods at the New York State Museum  last night.

Now, this year’s CANstruction Play themed program at the New York State Museum benefiting The Food Pantries for the Capital District is under way. This year’s participants have been challenged to collect 100,000 pounds of food in addition to a monetary donation to support local food pantries.

The sixth annual Capital Region CANstruction is open to the public today through Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the New York State Museum. To tell us more we welcome CANstruction President Sara Stein, and Natasha Pernicka – Executive Director of the Food Pantries fore the Capital District.

This is a picture of Norman Rockwell's painting "Freedom From Want"
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While most Americans will be spending Thursday at the dinner table explaining what they are thankful for, countless others will surely be thanked for what they are doing for others. But there are a number of people in our region working to provide a holiday meal for the less fortunate.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is encouraging its member organizations to grab the ears of lawmakers and inform them of their needs.

Food Pantries Strained By Federal Cuts

Dec 20, 2013
Karen DeWitt

With winter officially approaching, New York’s food pantries and soup kitchens are feeling the strain of feeding the hungry, especially after two key benefit cuts from the federal government.

  The Food Pantries are a dynamic network of well‐stocked food pantries nourishing our hungry neighbors in the Capital District. They are participating in the Food Stamps (SNAP) 101 and The Food Stamp Challenge from November 4th through November 8th.

Natasha Pernicka is the Executive Director of The Food Pantries and Marggie Skinner is the Board President. They join us to tell us more.