October 4, 2018 - Franklin Plaza, Troy


2018 Outstanding Community Partners

MVP Health Care, The Seymour Fox Foundation and WAMC

Presenting Sponsors​

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


2018 Sister Mary Coons Award Winner

 Bruce Sowalski

Along with

Major Sponsors

To benefit

Natasha Pernicka

Executive Director

Community Sponsors


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


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

Honorary Chairperson

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Just $1 can provide 6.25 pounds of

food to a hungry neighbor

Our Sponsors

Feature Sponsors​

​​​​On Thursday, October 4, 2018, The Food Pantries will host our Harvest Evening Celebration at Franklin Plaza in Troy. We and Master of Ceremonies, Ashley Miller, of WNYT are recognizing 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.

​​The Harvest Evening Celebration features “The Food Pantry Chef’s Challenge” in which local chefs create tastings incorporating food items commonly stocked at our local pantries. Expect to see  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, and The Food Pantries' MemberSt. John's/St. Ann's Center. ​Judges include Yono Purnomo of Yono's, Bailli William Harris of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Steve Barnes of Times Union, Daniel Berman of Yelp, and a Yelp Elite. We expect 300 guests to join us for a VIP networking reception, silent auction, live music, raffles, heavy hors-d'oeuvres, dessert and a cash bar.