𝙀𝙦𝙪𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝘼𝙘𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝𝙮 𝙁𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙚𝙙
$561,000 invested to make Schenectady more food secure
In this week with so much attention on gathering for a healthy meal, The Schenectady Foundation’s announcement of granting $561,000 to seven community organizations is especially appropriate.
“This second round of grants will build a healthier and more sustainable food system in our community,” said Robert Carreau, executive director of The Schenectady Foundation. “These grants bring our total investment in food security to $1.8 million since the start of the pandemic.”
This year’s grant recipients are:
• Cornell Cooperative Extension ~ $150,000 to support the second year of its Healthy Living 360 program, a collaborative project that brings together Schenectady Community Ministries, Schenectady ARC and the city school district to work directly with vulnerable families to get nutritious food into their homes.
• The Food Pantries for the Capital District ~ $100,000 to continue to operate its Food Access Referral Line program that facilitates grocery deliveries to vulnerable residents. As of August 2022, 2,699 home deliveries had been made in Schenectady County.
• Schenectady Community Ministries ~ $100,000 to support its “Access, Solidarity and Impact” project to collect data to better understand the impact its food access programs have on household stability and community health. Eventually this research will be used to develop long-term solutions in Schenectady.
• Free Food Fridge Albany ~ $75,000 to expand its Schenectady footprint and set up additional refrigerators filled with produce, shelf stable food and other supplies.
• The Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority ~ $51,000 to support the organization’s Grocery Access Point Project to create food pantries at the Ten Eyck, Schonowee Village and Lincoln Heights public housing developments. These well-stocked pantries will serve 447 tenants, and be run by tenants where they can choose foods that best fit their dietary needs.
• The City Mission of Schenectady ~ $50,000 for a new healthy food/agriculture program called Bridges to Wellness. In 2021, the Mission began growing lettuce for lower-income residents; the grant will enable the Mission to begin growing tomatoes, herbs, Swiss chard and other veggies in a local greenhouse.
• The Schenectady Greenmarket ~ $35,000 to expand staffing for its food box program, which subsidizes the cost of produce from local farmers for low-income residents.
Natasha Pernicka, executive director of The Food Pantries of the Capital District, noted that more and more families are turning to food pantries to cope with rising costs of food, gas and heating costs while the additional assistance from the federal government sparked by the COVID pandemic has ended. The lack of transportation for many families is also a problem, one that is lessened by programs like the Grocery Access Point Project at the SMHA.
For more information about our efforts to reduce food insecurity and improve access to nutritious and culturally appropriate foods, contact Kristi Milligan, Director of Grants & Community Programs, at (518) 393-9500, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
𝙁𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙋𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙮 𝙁𝙖𝙘𝙩:
Did you know there is one phone number to find out the latest details about all food pantries across the Capital Region? And it is the same number if you are quarantined or isolated due to COVID-19 and need a food delivery option. Call The Food Pantries of the Capital District (518) 458-1167 if you are looking for assistance or know someone who does.
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘢𝘥𝘺 𝘍𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘳𝘨𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘻𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘴𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘮 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘢 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴.
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