​​​​Feeding the hungry since 1979. Helping food pantries provide groceries for 2.7 million meals annually.

Feature Sponsors:

"The Food Pantry Chef's Challenge"

Chefs created tastings incorporating food items commonly stocked at our pantries. This year's talented Capital District chefs include Chef Lou Agostinello of Athos Restaurant, Chef Jennifer Hewes of The Point won the Best Use of a Food Pantry Item Award, Chef Sainabou Jatta and Chef Carmen Santos of Whole Foods Market, Chef Kizzy Williams of Allie B's Cozy Kitchen won the Client Choice and the Simplest Recipe Award, Chef Melissa Sheridan of Brown's Brewing  Co., Chef Kyle Macpherson and Chef Joan Porambo of Field Notes won the Best Taste Award, and The Food Pantries' Member, Saratoga EOC Soup Kitchen

We are pleased to announce our 2017 judges: Steve Barnes of the Times Union, Daniel Berman of The Fussy Little Blog, William Harris, Esq., Bailli, Chaine des Rotisseurs, Dan Bazile and Ashley Miller of WNYTYelp Elite Becky K and Donna Purnomo of Yono's Restaurant.  

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Presents Sponsors

Posthumously Honoring

2017 Sister Mary Coons Award Winner

 Geraldine "Dinnie" Shanley

Along with

Supporting Sponsors:

Alison and David


Thank you to all the generous sponsors of ​the 6th Annual Harvest Evening Celebration 

Thank all of our generous Sponsors, Donors, Honorary Committee Members, Board of Directors, Volunteers, Member Food Pantries, Harvest Evening Committee Members, Chefs, Judges, Volunteers, Staff at Revolution Hall, Guests, The Food Pantries' Staff, and everyone who made the 6th Annual Harvest Evening Celebration the best yet! The event raised nearly $62,000, which can provide approximately 387,500 pounds of food to help our neighbors in need!

Thank you to our Master of Ceremonies Joe Donahue of 
WAMC for helping us honor Siena College as our 2017 Outstanding Community Partner for their contributions to our "Filling the Gap" Food Pantry System and Community Needs Assessment, and Capital District Food Summit partnership. In addition we had the privilege of posthumously honoring Geraldine "Dinnie" Shanley our 2017 Sister Mary Coons Award winner for her contributions to our food pantries and those they serve over the years.

For more information about a sponsorship please contact Assistant to the Executive Director, Wes Burton, at wes@thefoodpantries.org or 458-1167 x 12.


Presenting Sponsors:

of the 6th Annual

Harvest Evening Celebration

Community Sponsors:


2017 Outstanding Community Partner

​Siena College

Tom L. Amell, President/CEO, Pioneer Bank

Honorary Chairperson

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Major Sponsors:

To benefit

Natasha Pernicka

Executive Director


Just $1 can provide 6.25 pounds of

food to a hungry neighbor