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Albany County food pantries.

Any individual or family in Albany New York can call a food pantry in their area for free groceries, meals, and assistance. The centers will do their best to help individuals get the help they need. That assistance can range from free food, meals, and holiday assistance up through and including clothing or household products.

Free or low cost emergency food boxes, perishable items like meats, fruits, and rice, and hot meals are all distributed by the Albany New York area food banks. Other aid like new or gently used clothing, holiday meals and gifts at Christmas, furniture, baby formula, and more may also be offered, as funding allows. Each non-profit food bank provides items own services to low income families in the county.

Last, but not least, the food pantries can direct people to financial assistance programs and charities in the region. So residents may be able to find electric bill assistance, LIHEAP applications, rent, and housing too. All of this is in addition to the food distributed.

Albany Damien Center
Address: 12 South Lake Avenue
Albany, New York 12203
Call the administrative number at (518) 449-7119 Ext. 12

Albany United Methodist Society
Food pantry - 340 First Street
Albany, NY 12206
Phone number (518) 432-0818 for service/intake

Center City Parish Social Ministry
315 Sheridan Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
(518) 465-8262
Call the Parish for access and distribution of free meals, food, and emergency aid. Other services may include clothing or Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving meals and gifts.





Focus Churches Of Albany, Focus Interfaith Food Pantry
Main address - 275 State Street
Albany, New York 12210
Call (518) 443-0460
Several churches in Albany County are part of this charity organization, and offer everything from food and meals to shelter.

Food Pantries For The Capital District
32 Essex Street
Albany, NY 12206
Phone number for information - (518) 458-1167
Call for information on local food banks and pantries. They can direct individuals to centers in their neighborhood.

Salvation Army of Albany
20 South Ferry Street Box 1787
Albany, New York 12201
Phone - (518) 463-6678
Offers various assistance programs for low income, jobless, and seniors. Everything from food, diapers, clothing, and furniture. Also limited money for heating bills, rent, and other basic needs may be offered.

Trinity Institution, Arbor Hill Center
Address is 47 North Lark Street
Albany, New York 12210
Phone number - (518) 463-1516

Trinity Institution
Food bank location is 15 Trinity Place
Albany, NY 12202
Telephone: (518) 449-5155
Emergency boxes of food can feed struggling Albany County residents. There may be perishable goods such as fruit, canned soup, and even Christmas meals served.





Albany Community Action Program Cohoes Outreach Center
Address is 20 White Street
Cohoes, NY 12047
Telephone - (518) 237-9201
Much of what they offer is referrals to government aid, including SNAP food stamps and other USDA approved programs. The information can help feed children, seniors, and the jobless among others.

Salvation Army - Family Service Center - Cohoes
300 Ontario Street
Cohoes, NY 12047
(518) 463-6678 Ext. 21
Offers many of the same programs as the Albany Salvation Army, which is listed above. Call for information or details. Also can help people apply for food stamps and WIC.

Colonie Christian Life Center
31 Vly Road
Colonie, NY 12205
Call (518) 456-3022
Hot meals from a soup kitchen are combined with emergency food from the pantry.

Bethlehem Food Pantry
445 Delaware Avenue Bethlehem Town Hall
Delmar, New York 12054
Call (518) 439-4955 which is the administrative phone number, and a representative can provide information on times when food is distributed.

Bethlehem Senior Services
445 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, New York 12054
Phone number - (518) 439-4955
Programs for seniors, including home delivered meals and food, health care, and medications. A great place for information on government medical and health care services too.




The Church of Saint Ambrose
Location is 347 Old Loudon Road
Latham, NY, 12110
Dial 518-785-1351
Programs include Thanksgiving, Christmas and free Easter baskets, clothing from a thrift store, hygiene supplies, and more.

Church of Blessed Sacrament
Address is 607 Central Avenue
Albany, New York 12206

For more information or referrals to pantries, call 518.786.3691. Or callers can get information on applying for USDA food programs, such as WIC - Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children or free school lunches for heir children.

By Jon McNamara














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