HIGH NOTES: Helping family of injured deputy, food from farmers, opportunity scholarships

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In Albany, the community has helped raise more than $132,400 through a GoFundMe campaign for an Albany County sheriff’s deputy seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident last month. Sgt. Joseph Iachetta suffered traumatic injuries after his police vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer on Feb. 8. As of Sunday afternoon, a GoFundMe page set up by family friend Selina Waldo for the family of the seven-year veteran had collected $132,466 from more than 1,500 donors toward a $75,000 goal. A posting on the page dated Feb. 26 said the sergeant’s tracheostomy tube had been removed that day and that he was “doing great.” To make a donation to the effort, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-iachetta-family.

In Albany, Hannaford Supermarkets recently announced $500,000 in donations to support “racial equity and justice initiatives, economic empowerment efforts and educational opportunity scholarships” in the five-state region that includes New York. The donations are focused on diversity and inclusion. The funding includes $150,000 to New York-based organizations, including $100,000 to the University at Albany; $50,000 to the New York State NAACP; and $15,000 to support minority-owned businesses throughout the state. UAlbany will reportedly use a portion of the $100,000 donation to create the Hannaford Education Opportunity Program Scholarship, which will help more than 100 students meet financial shortfalls for attending college.

In Delanson, volunteers recently helped hand out fresh produce and other food as part of the USDA’s Farmers to Families program. One event was held at the Capital District YMCA branch in Delanson. Farmers to Families also will be handing out food for the month of March in multiple locations. For more information on Farmers to Families, visit, https://www.ams.usda.gov/selling-food-to-usda/farmers-to-families-food-box.

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