Just $1 can provide 6.25 pounds of

food to a hungry neighbor


​​​​​​​Feeding the hungry since 1979. Helping food pantries provide groceries for 3.9 million meals annually.

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. It was 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!  

Honoring: Capital Area Council of Churches,  Kathleen Samaniuk-Hayes, Diana Murphy, Lorraine Houk, Valerie Houk, Margaret Vella

Capital Area Rotaries: John Rosch and Margaret Vella

2019 Food Pantries' Volunteers of the Year

Let's Celebrate!

Help us help our neighbors

Help us to do more.  Please consider making a donation in honor of The Food Pantries' 40 years of helping others.  If you prefer to send a check, make it payable to "The Food Pantries" and mail it to The Food Pantries, 32 Essex Street, Albany NY 12206. 

Donate to our 40th Anniversary Campaign