Just $1 can provide 6.25 pounds of

food to a hungry neighbor


​​​​Feeding the hungry since 1979. Helping food pantries provide groceries for 3.3 million meals annually.

October 4, 2018 - Franklin Plaza, Troy


2018 Sister Mary Coons Award Winner

 Bruce Sowalski

Along with

Our Sponsors

Betty DiMaria, Chief Operating Officer, Wojeski & Company CPAs, PC

Honorary Chairperson

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Thank you to our Food Pantry Chef's Challenge participating chefs and judges:  

  • Chef Brandon Styles of Tipsy Moose Tap and Tavern 
  • Chef Jennifer Hewes of The Point
  • Chef Sainabou Jatta and Chef Carmen Santos of Whole Foods Market 
  • Chef Kizzy Williams of Allie B's Cozy Kitchen 
  • Chef Kyle Macpherson and Chef Joan Porambo of Field Notes
  • Chef Eric Tisaj's and Chef Christina Zullo of Mazzone Hospitality/Prime Business Dining 
  • Chef Dan Hurlbut of Honest Weight Food Co-op
  • The Food Pantries' Member, St. John's/St. Ann's Center.  

Judges included:

  • Dominick Purnomo of Yono's
  • Bailli William Harris of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
  • Steve Barnes of Times Union 
  • Daniel Berman of Yelp
  • Ashley Dingeman of Saratoga Food Fanatic

Presenting Sponsors​

To benefit

For more information about a sponsorship please contact Community Engagement Manager, Kathy Marco, at Kathy@thefoodpantries.org or 458-1167 x 12.

The 7th Annual

Harvest Evening Celebration


Feature Sponsors​

Major Sponsors


2018 Outstanding Community Partners

MVP Health Care, The Seymour Fox Foundation and WAMC

Natasha Pernicka

Executive Director

On Thursday, October 4, 2018, The Food Pantries hosted our Harvest Evening Celebration at Franklin Plaza in Troy. We and Master of Ceremonies, Ashley Miller, of WNYT are recognized MVP Health Care,The Seymour Fox Foundation,and WAMC as our 2018 Outstanding Community Partners. We are also recognizing Bruce Sowalski for his contributions to our food pantries and those they serve over the years.

This year's event raised more than $75,000 to help fund programs that directly impact the lives of those living in the Capital District that struggle with food insecurity.  We would like to thank our sponsors, chefs, judges, and all of the guest that attended the evening for their support and generosity.  

Community Sponsors