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Harvest Evening Celebration artwork
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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. 

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. 

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.