Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York http://www.regionalfoodbank.net Alleviating Hunger ... Together Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:55:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 Building Expansion & Capital Campaign http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/9877-2/ http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/9877-2/#respond Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:57:33 +0000 http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/?p=9877 The Problem

Since 2008, the Regional Food Bank has experienced tremendous growth. Distribution has increased from 19 million pounds in 2008 to 36 million in 2016. This growth has significantly strained our facility. Because our distribution space is so limited, we struggle to move all the fresh food we receive through our warehouse quickly enough and in an environment that is safe for our volunteers and agency representatives.

We are also restricted in serving our member agencies because we have outgrown our office, meeting, and training spaces. Our office staff has doubled since 1993, and some staff are currently working in tiny stations that have no privacy and adjoin busy walkways. We have had to impose a hiring freeze for office employees because of the lack of space. Our training and meeting spaces are also inadequate to accommodate our increase in staff, a growing volunteer workforce, and the large number of workshops we offer our member agencies.

Finally, our parking situation has become a nightmare. Our lot is just big enough to handle our staff and a few volunteers a day, but on the many days when large volunteer groups visit or workshops are held, visitors are forced to park on the lawn or wherever they can find room. It limits our capacity to serve our member agencies, donors, and volunteers properly.

The Plan

The Food Bank has created a capital improvement project to address the problems caused by this lack of space. Some of the major improvements to the distribution dock, office, and parking lot are listed below.

  • Build a new 2,500 square foot dock
  • Expand agency produce shopping area
  • Increase size of display cooler
  • Add floor scale
  • Increase office size by 5,000 square feet
  • Provide work spaces for 15 additional staff
  • Expand training kitchen, upgrade appliances, and install video equipment
  • Provide designated volunteer work area in the office
  • Add 30 parking spaces
  • Create more efficient and safer traffic flow

Project Benefits

The capital project will resolve all of the Regional Food Bank’s current space limitations and position us to meet demand for the next 10 years. It will enable us to increase food donations, distribute product more efficiently, hire the staff we need to keep moving forward, and provide additional training to our member agencies.

Project Budget

The total cost of the project is $2 million. It includes all construction and new racking, equipment, technology upgrades, and furnishings.

Capital Campaign

The Regional Food Bank has embarked on a Capital Campaign to raise the money it needs to complete this project. The co-chairs of the campaign are Jerry Golub of Price Chopper & Market 32 and Bob Curley of Berkshire Bank. We are very grateful for their dedicated, professional leadership.

We are in the early stages of the campaign, but funds are already being raised and we are confident it will be a great success. We invite all of our supporters to learn more about this ambitious but essential expansion project and contribute to its success. We are very excited about the potential it will provide to improve everything we do for our member agencies and the hungry people they serve every day.

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2016 Financial Statements http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/9870-2/ http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/9870-2/#respond Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:47:19 +0000 http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/?p=9870 2016 Financial Statements

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2015 Financial Statements http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/2015-financial-statements/ http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/2015-financial-statements/#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:43:28 +0000 http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/?p=9796 2015 Financial Statements

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Kicking Out Hunger http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/kicking-out-hunger/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:55:07 +0000 http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/?p=9426 We are excited to partner with the Town of Colonie, the South Colonie High School ICARE Team, and the Colonie Youth Advisory Board for “Kicking Out Hunger,” a kickball tournament to be held on Saturday, April 29 from 10AM to 5PM. This brand new tournament will be held at Colonie Mohawk River Park on the Latham Lassies Fields. All proceeds benefit the Food Bank.

The Colonie Youth Advisory Board will provide middle school and high school teams. We are looking for adult teams to participate. Adult teams of ten players cost $250, and games will run from 10AM-12PM. Grab a group of friends or coworkers and join us for a day of fun and friendly competition!

To sign up a team visit: www.crowdrise.com/kickingouthunger.

For more information or to sponsor the tournament, please contact Bethany Moxey at 518-786-3691, x231.

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10th Annual Neighborhood Food Drive http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/10th-annual-neighborhood-food-drive/ Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:11:04 +0000 http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/?p=9035 The 10th Annual Neighborhood Food Drive is this weekend, January 21-January 22. This is the largest individually sponsored and administered food drive held each year! If you didn’t receive a bag in your neighborhood but would like to participate, you can bring food to the Food Bank on Sunday, January 22 between 11am and 2pm. You can also make a donation online by clicking here, and choosing Neighborhood Food Drive as the program designation. Funds raised this year will be matched by Hannay Reels, Adirondack Beverages, and Old Brick Furniture to purchase a new van to help get food to those who need it!

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Food Bank Begins Partnership with Sababa Water http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/food-bank-begins-partnership-with-sababa-water/ Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:04:56 +0000 http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/?p=7436 sababaThe Food Bank is excited to kick off a new partnership with Sababa Water! For every bottle purchased, Sababa Water will donate a meal to the Regional Food Bank. Find it vending machines in these locations throughout our service area:

  • Capitol Building Albany
  • Legislative Office Building
  • AG & Mkts
  • NYS Museum
  • Thruway Authority
  • SUNY Admin
  • Riverview
  • Courthouse
  • OCFS
  • Morgan Annex
  • ENCON
  • Building 5
  • I-87 Clifton Park
  • I-81 Broome
  • Preble
  • Whitney Point
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Dragon Boat Festival http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/dragon-boat-festival/ Wed, 06 Jul 2016 18:46:58 +0000 http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/?p=6705 3rd Annual Dragon Boat Festival

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When: Sunday, July 24, 2016

Where: Mohawk Valley Marine

Want to join in on one of the fastest growing water sports in North America? The Food Bank is proud to partner with Dragons Alive and receive a portion of the proceeds from the 3rd Annual Community Dragon Boat Festival on the Mohawk River!

Learn more and register your team here.

Already have a team? Fundraise for the Food Bank here!

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2015 Annual Report http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/2015-annual-report/ Tue, 05 Jul 2016 18:40:36 +0000 http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/?p=6623 Annual Report 2015

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