Just $1 can provide 6.25 pounds of
food to a hungry neighbor
are now available.
It was 1979 the Urban Ministries Fellowship, a committee of the Capital Area Council of Churches, called together a group they named the Emergency Food Task Force. The newly formed organization was sponsored by Capital Area Council of Churches, Albany County Opportunity, Inc., Uptown Churches, Sharded Ministries, Peace and Justice Commission of the Roman Catholic Diocese, Albany Council of Community Service, Albany United Methodist Society, Focus Churches and St. John's Center. The organization now known as The Food Pantries for the Capital District was started with only ten members and which were dubbed closet pantries.
In 1980 The Emergency Food Task Force, under the auspices of the Capital Area Council of Churches, consisted of 16 pantries who served 15,472 people. On May 30th and 31st of that year, the group sponsored its first food drive. Proclaimed as "Emergency Food Weekend" by Mayor Erastus Corning the event collected more than 2,500 food items and $135.
And so the legacy of helping neighbors in need began!
Our 2017 Annual Report is now available
Take a look at what we've been up to!
We rely on the generosity and support of caring individuals and businesses to supply our food pantries with enough food to help feed the hungry in our communities. Just $1 can help provide 6.25 pounds of food. Every gift has immediate impact and remains local.
is a coalition of more than 60 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties. We provide funding, delivery, coordination of services and food drives, and education and training to our member food pantries. Membership and all services are free to member food pantries.
The Food Pantries for the Capital District, established in 1979, is a 501(c)(3) organization. 32 Essex Street Albany, NY - (518) 458-1167
For some, a food pantry is a source of emergency assistance. For many, it is a supplement to low or fixed income, loss of income due to illness or job loss, or loss of second income for single parents. Food pantries help provide nutritious food to babies, children, seniors, veterans, and struggling families. Our member food pantries provide enough groceries for a minimum of 3 meals per day for at least 3 days for each person in the household.