Community Organizations Host Food Distribution Event

August 7, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, residents in Rensselaer County are facing layoffs and furloughs, and many are experiencing food insecurity for the first time.

On Monday, Aug. 10, Hudson Valley Community College is teaming up with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York to address food insecurity with a food distribution event on campus in Troy.

The food distribution, or “drive-thru pantry,” will begin at Hudson Valley Community College at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 10. The event is open to the public and no pre-registration is required. In order to maintain appropriate safety and social distancing, there will be two distribution lines: a drive-through line and a walk-in line. Due to traffic concerns, guests are asked to use the entrance on South Drive and not to arrive prior to the 9:30 a.m. start time.

This event is part of Catholic Charities’ mobile outreach initiative, “CC MOVE,” an effort to provide supplemental and emergency food in areas with limited access to services at time when many are struggling. Food items provided by the Regional Food Bank will be pre-packaged by volunteers from partnering organizations.

Catholic Charities and the Regional Food Bank have distributed over 429 tons – or over 858,000 pounds – of food so far this year. They have served an estimated 40,000 people, providing them with fresh, frozen and shelf-stable food items.

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About Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany is one of the largest, private social services organizations in the region. Serving 14 counties around the Capital District across some 10,000 square miles, Catholic Charities serves and empowers all persons in need, regardless of race, creed, religion, or lifestyle, as well as advocates for a just society and collaborates with women and men of good will. Last year, more than 89,000 people turned to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany for assistance. Through the generous support of donors and the community, we are able to assist the poor and vulnerable with housing, food, emergency assistance, disabilities services, senior services, and much more.

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CC MOVE (Catholic Charities Mobile Outreach Vehicle Extension), is Catholic Charities’ Mobile Initiative, designed to provide services, such as food distribution, in areas with limited access or increased need. Through this proven model, Catholic Charities works with clients, setting goals and providing support services while working toward self-sufficiency. The food distribution is a major outreach component to help Catholic Charities reach those who may benefit from this project. The RV is designed to provide confidential interviews accompanied with the necessary technical supports to design a well-rounded case plan for clients to utilize.

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