April 4th, 2017

Siena College, Snyder Hall

515 Loudon Road

Loudonville, NY 12211

FED Talk Speakers:


1. Michael LeaheyCHOW- How a Farmer's Market Changed a Food Bank
2. Sherry Tomasky
Hunger Solutions NY- Strengthening Participation in Federal Nutrition Programs
3. Mark Quandt
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York- Food Bank Initiatives and Innovations
4. Dr. Paul Thurston and Nicholas Daly
Siena College- The Food Pantries for the Capital District Best Practices Analysis
5. Anthony Butler and Blake Arrowwood-
 St. John's Bread and Life Food Pantry and the Digital Choice Food Pantry- Digital Choice Food Pantry for the New Millennium
6. Natasha Thompson
Food Bank of the Southern Tier- Food at the Intersection of Charity and Justice

Listing of Workshops

The 2017 Food Summit was a collaborative effort between The Food Pantries for the Capital District, Siena College, The University at Albany's School of Public Health and sponsored by SEFCU. This summit brought together food assistance providers and those interested in food security in order to share best practices and innovations in hunger relief efforts. The event featured FED Talks, a food focused form of TED Talks, Workshops, and networking opportunities as well as breakfast and lunch. The day began with a Food Pantry Member Executive Leadership Strategic Initiative Meeting was followed by the Food Pantry Member Annual Meeting.

Our Keynote Speakers were Brian Hassett President and CEO of The United Way of the Greater Capital Region and Dr. Katherine Briar-Lawson Professor and Dean Emeritus of University at Albany’s School of Social Welfare. They spoke on the recently released New York State ALICE Report (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) which describes how working individuals in New York still struggle to be economically secure. The Keynote Address was followed by responses from local Capital District community leaders: Barbara Smith, Special Community Projects Coordinator/Equity Agenda for the City of Albany; Don Levy, Director of Siena College Research Institute; Sean Maguire, Director of Economic Development at Capital District Regional Planning Commission; Virginia Golden, CEO of St. Peter's Hospital and Albany Memorial Hospital; Mayor Joanne Yepsen, Mayor of Saratoga Springs; and Commissioner Richard A. Ball, New York State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets.

The Food Pantries for the Capital District is proud to have had our FED Talk speakers for the 2017 Capital District Food Summit, facilitated by Master of Ceremonies, Benita Zahn, co-anchor of NewsChannel 13 Live

Thank you to Siena College, The University at Albany's School of Public Health, our presenting sponsor, donors, Keynote Speakers, FED Talk speakers, Capital District community leaders, community partners, pantry members, board of directors, volunteers, The Food Pantries staff and to everyone who attended!

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We are honored to have had the opportunity to share such an amazing experience and plant the seeds for a food secure future in the Capital District with more than 250 attendees!



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2017 Capital District

Food Summit

Just $1 can provide 6.25 pounds of

food to a hungry neighbor