In Albany, The Legislative Black Caucus, Albany County government officials and Stewart’s Shops hosted a drive-through food drive last week to collect donations for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The food drive was held Thursday at two locations – the county Department of Health complex and the Stewart’s shop on New Scotland Avenue. In addition to nonperishable items, the drive also collected monetary donations for the food bank. For more information on the food bank, to donate or if you need food, visit https://regionalfoodbank.net/.
In Saratoga Springs, Empire State College is hosting three concurrent soup drives at its campuses in Saratoga Springs, Rochester and Selden this week to support community shelters and food pantries. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., volunteers at the three locations will accept all varieties of canned soup and can openers. Donors are asked to drive up to a station where a volunteer — masked and adhering to social distancing guidelines — will collect gifts while the driver remains in their vehicle. Donations made at the Saratoga Springs location at 111-113 West Ave., will serve to benefit LifeWorks Community Action. The nonprofit organization works to alleviate poverty in Saratoga County and the North Country. This is the college’s fourth drive in the last four months, having previously hosted drives to collect food, toys and items and food for pets.
In Schenectady, the StreetSoldiers group continues to raise money to help those in need in the community, particularly around Vale Park in Schenectady. The local chapter supports those experiencing homelessness and those who are food-insecure with non-perishable food, hygiene items, pet food, toddler and baby items, seasonal items and items to celebrate special occasions and holidays. The grassroots organization is accepting donations on its GoFundMe page. To learn more about the organization and to donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/streetsoldiers-iii-schenectady. Through Friday, the organization had raised more than $16,200. Every dollar is used to purchase items for those in need.
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