Forum on Food Insecurity in New York State

Virtual Event

We are excited to announce that Field & Fork Network has partnered with Feeding NYS and the American Heart Association to present an upcoming virtual forum on nutrition and food security policy in New York State. Join us on Wednesday, October 11th from 2:00-3:00 p.m. where we will review the current landscape of nutrition and food security policy in New York and have an engaging panel discussion with members of the New York State Legislature featuring Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Keynote Speaker Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas, Assemblymember Catalina Cruz, and Senator Rachel May. If you would like to submit a question for the legislators for the panel discussion, please email K. Cooper Rohan at crohan@fieldandforknetwork.com with your organization and question. We invite you to share this webinar with others in your network who may benefit from attending. Please join us as we work to better align our priorities to improve nutrition and food security in New York State for the upcoming budget year.   Registration is open. Register to join by using the following link: https://heart.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VWTECDjaQcuCalHiwmZ-FA Register Now

Capital Area Council of Churches Annual Fall Dinner and Awards Celebration

Italian American Community Center 257 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY, United States

Recognizing outstanding members of the community at our Annual Fall Dinner and Awards Celebration is a highlight each year for the Capital Area Council of Churches. The recipients listed below are outstanding people and CACC is proud to honor them on October 11, at the Italian American Community Center. The CACC Fall Awards Celebration will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at the Italian American Community Center. Below is a list of the 2023 Award Recipients. We welcome you to celebrate the awardees by joining the Honorary Committee. A form to attend the dinner will be posted in September. 2023 Recipients Rev. Carlyle Adams Ecumenical & Interfaith Award • William Hedberg is a long-time CACC board member and Treasurer and is recently retired as Associate Vice President and Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs from UAlbany. • Rabbi Rena Kieval retired last year as Rabbi at Congregation Ohav Shalom in Albany and is the third chair of The Kieval Institute for Jewish-Christian Studies at Siena College. • Uzma Popal has been Director of MSKP (Muslim Soup Kitchen Project) since 2014 and on the board for As-Suhbah (Muslim Youth Group of the Capital Region) Pearl & James Campbell Peace & Justice Award • Angela Warner was Director of Social Justice Ministries for the Church of St. Vincent De Paul where she oversaw the churches Food Pantry, and currently serves as the Board [...]

Harvest Evening Celebration

Franklin Plaza No. Four 4th Street, Troy, NY, United States

Reminder to register before August 12 to ensure your name in print on the formal invitation! Join us as a member of the Harvest Evening Celebration Honorary Committee! Anne Putnam Honorary Chairwoman Senior Vice President Fenimore Asset Management Natasha Pernicka Executive Director The Food Pantries for the Capital District Register Here Dear Friends, The Food Pantries for the Capital District is delighted to host our 12th Annual Harvest Celebration Evening! You are invited to join us in our fight against food insecurity by becoming a member of the 2023 Harvest Honorary Committee. In 2022 more than 69,000 people received food for 3.2 million meals in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties. The Food Pantries works with our member pantries to make sure as many needs are met as possible. This means not only food, but diapers, wipes, baby formula, hygiene, and household products. Last year alone we delivered over 3 million pounds of food through our Food Express and Food Shuttle programs. YOU can help us continue this work! The 2023 Harvest Evening Celebration will take place Thursday, October 12 at Franklin Plaza in Troy and will feature “The Food Pantry Chef’s Challenge” in which local chefs create tastings incorporating food items commonly stocked at our local pantries. Prior to the festivities you are invited to attend a VIP reception as a member of the Honorary Committee. This includes hors-d’oeuvres and an [...]

Food Stock 10 benefit concert

Rustic Barn Pub 150 Speigletown Road, Troy, NY, United States

𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗰𝗸 𝟭𝟬 𝙢𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙘 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙪𝙣𝙜𝙧𝙮 hosted by The Food Pantries for the Capital District Please join us for Food Stock 10 a benefit concert for The Food Pantries for the Capital District featuring 6 hours of peace and music to feed the hungry. Sunday, November 5, 2023 2pm-8pm at Rustic Barn Pub 150 Speigletown Road, Troy, NY 12182 Entry cover: $20 suggested donation and/or donations of food products, hygiene products, and more. Check the full list of suggested donation items below!

Collaborative Anti-Hunger Advocacy Committee Meeting November 10, 2023

Virtual Event

Thank you to Ribka Getachew, from Food Advocates and the NYS Good Food Purchasing Program Coalition and K. Cooper Rohan, from Field and Fork Network for sharing out about specific policy. In the last meeting's minutes you will find links to their slides, notes from their presentations, and call to actions from both policies.   The Next Meeting is Thursday, November 9th, 4-5p.m. Register Here!   If you would like to do a similar educational presentation or learn more about a specific policy push – please let Peyton know! We would love to have more folks involved in this forum and bring together all the work that is happening in the Anti-Hunger space. Specific Asks from Last Meeting: Reach out to me (pyourch@thefoodpantries.org): If you are interested in joining a Food Summit Event Planning Committee (to help find speakers for various tracks and to be involved in the Food Summit overall) If you’re interested in joining an Ad Hoc HPNAP/Nourish NY Recommendations Group If you have anything you’re looking to share or learn about in these meetings Reach out to Cooper (crohan@fieldandfornetwork.com) If you’re interested in joining a DoubleUp Food Bucks Task Force (Starting in November, likely monthly meetings) Reach out to Ribka (rgetachew@foodadvocates.org) or Taylor Pate (tpate@foodadvocates.org) If you’re interested in joining the NYS Good Food Purchasing Program Coalition or its workgroups Keep Up with Hunger Solution’s Farm Bill Advocacy Here [...]

Collaborative Anti-Hunger Advocacy Committee Meeting – December 14

Virtual Event

The meeting will be December 14th at 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Zoom If you registered for the last meeting, you’re registered for this one as well, but if you haven’t already registered – please do so here: 𝗔𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗮: During the next meeting, we will be hearing from Amelia Gelnett from the NYS Food as Medicine Coalition. Amelia will be sharing out about the recommendations that the group drafted for the Medicaid 1115 waiver and what is next for the NYS Food as Medicine Coalition. Then we will open the floor to hear more from everyone about events, updates on policy, and how to get involved. Some upcoming events that we know of now are: • The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York's People's State of the State - January 10th at 11:00 a.m. RSVP Here • Double Up Food Bucks NY Advocate Training on Thursday, January 11th, 2024 • Double Up Food Bucks NY Day of Action - Tuesday, February 13th, 2024 In addition to Amelia’s work with the NYS Food as Medicine Coalition, she also is working with The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York and The Food Pantries of the Capital District. Please know that she will be helping to coordinate this next meeting. Please share the agenda and invitation with your networks and invite any who would like to attend.

32nd Annual People’s State of the State

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Albany 85 Chestnut Street, Albany, NY, United States

Join us in calling on NYS to take action on hunger Please RSVP and Submit a Quote as soon as possible! ** Please note parking will be limited - carpool as much as possible Agenda: 10:00 am: Meet at Westminster Presbyterian Church (85 Chestnut St, Albany, NY 12210) 10:45 am: Begin Marching to the NYS Capitol Buidling 11:00 am: Arrive at the Capitol Building and Speakers 12:00 pm: Return to the Westminster Presbyterian Church (85 Chestnut St, Albany, NY 12210) for continued discussion and lunch 1:30 pm: Closing Remarks Why: This is a continuation of Hunger Action Network NYS's 30-year tradition of calling for the Governor and The Legislature to take action on hunger. In January the Governor releases her Executive Budget. Our convening is to call on the governor and the state legislature to take action in supporting frontline community food providers in the FY 2025 budget process. The Ask: We are asking for the NYS Budget to increase funding for food procurement programs: Fund Hunger Prevention Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) at $75 Million. Fund Nourish NY at $75 Million. Directly contract with BOTH food banks AND food pantries/providers through the RFP process for the above program What to To Bring: Signs to carry as we march Comfortable walking shoes Warm clothes (it will be cold) Some ideas for sign slogans: "Hunger Free New York" "End Hunger Now" "Fund HPNAP $75 Million" "Fund Nourish NY $75 Million" [...]

Collaborative Anti-Hunger Advocacy Committee Meeting – February 8

Virtual Event

The meeting will be on Thursday, February 8 at 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Zoom If you registered for the last meeting, you’re registered for this one as well, but if you haven’t already registered – please do so here 𝗔𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗮: Food Summit, June 12th, 2024; please share out the request for speakers and submit one as well (please feel free to make very informal submissions). Discuss the NYS budget; please share your: Analysis on the budget itself Resources/One-Pagers that folks can share on your behalf. Upcoming Events and Advocacy Days and/or learnings from advocacy days that have happened Open floor, are there any update on federal and local policy? Please share the agenda and invitation with your networks and invite any who would like to attend.

Collaborative Anti-Hunger Advocacy Committee Meeting – March 14, 2024

Virtual Event

The meeting will be on Thursday, March 14 at 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Zoom If you registered for the last meeting, you’re registered for this one as well, but if you haven’t already registered – please do so here. 𝗔𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗮: • 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗥𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱   Please share the agenda and invitation with your networks and invite any who would like to attend.

Schenectady Food and Poverty Speak-Out

Rotterdam Community Center Performace Hall 705 Curry Road, Rotterdam, New York

Are you or your family members struggling to make ends meet? Are you concerned about your neighbors who don't always have enough food? Do you believe we can do better when it comes to ensuring everyone has what they need to survive and thrive? Join us on May 1st to share and learn how poverty and food insecurity are impacting our community and how we can take action to end them. In recent years, we saw how policy changes made a big difference. Emergency COVID-19 measures actually led to a big reduction in poverty - especially child poverty. But as those measures have expired, poverty is once again on the rise. We can change that - and it starts by coming together. Please sign up to join us on May 1 for dinner and to hear and learn from impacted community leaders as we share our plight, fight, and insights, and organize our community to end poverty. Whether or not you can attend on May 1, we invite you to also consider submitting a testimonial about your experience with poverty and/or food insecurity at this link: https://form.jotform.com/240606273322044. ASL interpretation will be available. This event is co-sponsored by Rotterdam Community Center, The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York, Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State, and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.

2024 NYS Food Summit

Armory of Russel Sage College in Albany 130 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY, United States

The Food Summit is a biennial event put together by The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York. The event is designed to bring together food assistance providers, academics, advocates, and communities across New York. The all-day symposium-style event aims to educate and share best practices, research, and innovations in hunger relief efforts. The Food Summit will be held on June 12, 2024, at the Armory of Russell Sage College in Albany. We are expecting 400 in-person participants and 500 virtual participants. The focus areas for discussion are: Strengthening the Food Assistance Networks Food as Medicine Anti-Hunger Advocacy and Action We are looking for speakers to share about their work, research, and experiences. If you are interested in speaking, please feel free to fill out this Request for Proposal. Don’t forget to save the date – registration for the event will be available in mid-March. To see more about previous year’s Food Summits click here. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at pyourch@thefoodpantries.org. Thank you, Peyton Yourch Alliance Manager