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How You Can Help


Volunteer at a local food pantry, special event, or The Food Pantries’ office. Volunteers are the backbone of the fight against hunger. We can connect you to a food pantry or find a match for you within The Food Pantries’ office. We often need help with events, bread sorting, clerical, and data entry.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our volunteer application so we can place you with an opportunity that is right for you:

Volunteer Application

For more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at


Organize a Food and Fund Drive

Organize a Food and Fund Drive at your business, school, church, event, or other organization. Each year, community Food and Fund Drives help provide 123,892 pounds of food and thousands of dollars. Plus, Food and Fund Drives help unite groups, staff, and families as a team and feel good about helping the community in need.

Please click here to download our Food and Fund Drive brochure

To organize a Food and Fund Drive please contact Angie Pender-Fox at


Grow a Row

Calling on all avid gardeners to “Grow a Row” in their gardens to help us feed our neighbors in need! Just one gardener donating home-grown garden produce to a community food agency makes a big difference. Whether it is a whole row, several rows or just a few extra tomato or pepper plants, or a hill of potatoes, it means more fresh produce to help feed hungry households.

Thank you for growing with us!

For more information, please contact us at

Attend Events

Throughout the year we hold events to raise awareness about hunger and funds to help keep our food pantries stocked. Events offer an opportunity to enjoy good company and have a good time while raising money for a very important cause.

Click here for more information on our events.

Give an Annual or Monthly Donation

We rely on the generosity and support of the community to feed the hungry. Just $1 can help provide 6.25 pounds of food. Your donation will have immediate impact and will remain local in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties. Our easy monthly giving plan allows you to make monthly gifts of any amount and really add up! A monthly gift of just $10 can help provide 750 pounds of food!

For more information about making a gift please click here.

Volunteer at one of our Member Food Pantries

Local food pantries need your assistance to keep shelves stocked by unloading, unboxing, shelving and sorting deliveries. You can get a workout in and make a big impact in just a few hours each month by signing up to help a pantry near you.

For more a list of current pantry needs please click here.