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High Notes: Food for kids in need, family tragedy help

High Notes: Food for kids in need, family tragedy help

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities

In Clifton Park, Hannaford supermarkets is donating $1,000 to CAPTAIN Community Human Services and raising money from customers through its Chef’s Table program to support child nutrition programs. The chain kicked off its Grill Like a Chef program last month at its Clifton Country Road store. It featuring Albany chef Ric Orlando preparing his special grilled salmon to demonstrate how to use simple ingredients to prepare inexpensive fresh meals. Some of the proceeds from the sale of ingredients used in the dish prepared by the chef of the day will support a $500,000 pledge by the chain for various child nutrition programs. Funding for half the pledge will come from the Chef’s Table. The $1,000 donation to CAPTAIN will help the child and family assistance program, located in Clifton Park and Glenville. For more information on CAPTAIN, visit https://captaincares.org/. For more on Hannaford’s Chef’s Table program and other charitable efforts, visit https://www.hannaford.com/.

In Troy, Graham’s Lansingburgh Cafe in Troy is making sure local kids don’t go hungry during the summer by offering kids under 18 free breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday throughout the summer months. Kids can get two eggs, any style, and toast during the free breakfast periods. “We love helping the community any way we can,” the restaurant posted on its Facebook page in response to a reader comment. Each year in the United States, 22 million children rely on the free or reduced-price lunch they receive at school to provide them with a nutritious meal. And Hunger Solutions New York says that more than half-a-million public school students in New York state eat school breakfast. Access to breakfast is viewed as important for helping kids stay alert and learn.

In Delmar, residents have donated about $27,000 to two GoFundMe pages to assist the family of a 15-month-old boy, who died unexpectedly during a family vacation in Lake George on July 4 after being overcome by a “sudden illness.” Donations will be used to help the family of Dominick Vottis pay for his funeral and take care of other expenses, and supporters of the family have set up a “meal train” to provide the family with meals during their mourning period. One GoFundMe page https://www.gofundme.com/f/vottisfamily, had raised more than $17,600 toward a $25,000 goal after seven days through Thursday. The other, https://www.gofundme.com/f/dominick-vottis-memorial-fund, had raised nearly $10,000 toward its $25,000 goal through Thursday. To learn more and to make a donation, visit the respective GoFundMe pages.

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High Notes is a Monday feature of The Gazette Opinion section spotlighting the good being done in our communities by individuals, charitable organizations, schools, colleges and businesses. Send your suggestions for High Notes to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

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