In Latham, Empire BlueCross, in partnership with its company’s philanthropic arm, the Empire BlueCross Foundation, last month hosted several Volunteer Day activities in the Capital Region as part of their mission to make nutritious food more accessible and affordable and to improve access to food for local communities. Empire volunteers worked in both the produce sorting area and the warehouse dock at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in Latham, supported the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society in Albany to pack a weekend bag for students containing shelf-stable meals and a book, and served in the soup kitchen at the Bethesda House in Schenectady helping to prepare, cook and serve meals to those in need. In addition to the Volunteer Day activities, Empire BlueCross is providing more than 50,000 meals to students in need across the region. These meals are made possible by a $25,000 donation to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York to support the organization’s Backpack Program through August 2022. To learn more about the Empire BlueCross Foundation, please visit http://www.anthem.foundation and its blog at https://medium.com/anthemfoundation.
In Galway, the Galway Library is hosting the Great Community Give Back during the month of October as part of a statewide program to provide a day of opportunities for library patrons and community members to participate in a meaningful, service-oriented experience. The library is hosting three simultaneous programs to support the local community: 1) The creation of greeting cards to be distributed to patients at area hospitals. Cards can be made at home or at the library, and the library will provide cards and materials with which to decorate. 2) A non-perishable food drive for the Galway Food Pantry. As extra incentive for donations, the library will decrease accumulated library late fees by $1 per item. 3) A similar food drive, but to support the Saratoga County Animal Shelter. For every can or unopened bag of dog/cat food that is donated, the library also will give $1 off on fines. For more information on the library and its activities, visit: https://www.galwaypubliclibrary.org/.
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