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Schenectady County Food Service Programs

39th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive - 2017

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Sign-up Information 2017
If you would like to receive a food basket for your family this year, please carefully read the following instructions and eligibility requirements.

St. John the Evangelist School
806 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
Fri Oct. 27, 5-8pm
Sat Oct. 28,10am-4pm
Sun Oct. 29, 1-4pm

** Please enter through the parking lot on Eastern Avenue **

Eligibility Requirements

  • MUST be a resident of Schenectady County
  • MUST provide proof of current address (driver's license, electric or utility bill, etc.)
  • Sign-up must be completed in person by one member of each family
  • Persons with handicap or disability may send required information w/ another individual
  • If signing up another individual, must have a written letter from that person giving permission to do so, with signature of that person
  • MUST provide proof of number of people in family
  • ONE of the following forms of ID must be presented at sign-up to qualify:
    • Medicaid Card
    • Food Stamp Card
    • Social Security Disability Award Letter
    • SSI Award Letter
    • HEAP Award Letter
    • WIC Card
    • Public Assistance Card
    • Active Unemployment Card
    • Referral letter from a church pastor or community agency (Must provide contact information for person writing referral)

Basket Pick-Up 2017
If you have qualified for a basket and have signed up as required above, please follow these instructions for picking up your Thanksgiving Food Basket.

Pick-Up Location:
William C. Keane Elementary School
1252 Albany Street
Schenectady, NY 12304
Sun Nov. 19, 9am to 6pm

** Please enter through the side entrance ONLY, the main entrance will be locked **

If a line has formed, please wait patiently to enter the sign-in area. Once at the sign-in booths, you will be asked to verify your information and will be given a colored slip to receive your basket. You cannot receive a basket without the appropriate slip. Please listen carefully to instructions given at the sign-in booth.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Volunteer Information 2017
Volunteers are needed for the 2017 Thanksgiving Food Drive!! All are welcome on the following dates/times.

** Individuals do not need to sign up to volunteer. Simply come to the school at indicated dates/times.

***Groups of 10 or more, please send us an email indicating the date and timeframe you would like to volunteer.

Volunteer Location:
William C. Keane Elementary School
1252 Albany Street
Schenectady, NY 12304


Sat Nov. 11, 10am-2pm: Sorting Boy Scout food donations
Weds Nov. 15, 4-7pm: Assembling Boxes
Thurs Nov. 16, 10am-3pm: Pick-up/unload food
Fri Nov. 17, 9am-4pm: Sorting food
Sat Nov. 18, 10am-5pm: Packing Food Baskets
Sun Nov. 19, 9am-6pm: Distributing Food Baskets (No small children, limited volunteers needed)
Mon Nov. 20, 8am-4pm: Agency Pick-up/Deliveries

** Please enter through the side entrance ONLY, the main entrance will be locked **

If you would like additional information about volunteering for this event, please contact us via e-mail.


Community Awareness Events

Freihofer's Community Walk

CFH Board Members and supporters participatied in the 25th Annual Freihofer's Community Walk! The walk was held on Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 12 to 1pm at the Empire State Plaza. Thanks to those who joined our team! You can still show your support by making a donation through the Freihofer's Online Donation Portal or our Donation page.


Freihofer's Community Walk
Visit the Freihofer's Community Walk website

Schenectady County Food Providers

Bethesda House Food Pantry
834-836 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12307
Phone: 518-374-7873

Braman Hall Food Pantry
(Thursday 1-3 PM)
7963 State Route 30
Delanson, NY 12053
Judie: 518-956-1758

Esther: 518-875-6267

Christ Church Episcopal
970 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12307
Phone: 518-374-3064
City Mission of Schenectady
512 Smith Street
Schenectady, NY
Phone: 518-346-2275 ext. 0

First United Methodist Church

(Free breakfast, Sunday Only 8:30-9:30 AM)
603 State Street (Chapel Street Entrance)
Schenectady, NY 12305

Phone: 518-374-4403

Lighthouse Food Pantry
(By Appointment or Wednesday 3-5 PM)
4780 Duanesburg Road (Rt 7)
Princetown, NY 12056
Phone: 518-355-2277

Our Lady of Fatima Pantry
(Duanesburg, Delanson, Quaker Street, Esperance and Mariaville Areas Only-By Appointment)
1735 Alexander Road
Delanson, NY 12053
Phone: 518-895-2788

The Salvation Army of Schenectady
222 Lafayette Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone: 518-346-0222

Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM)
(During pantry hours only)
839 Albany Street
Schenectady, NY 12307
Phone: 518-346-4445
Pantry Phone: 518-346-4035
Scotia-Glenville Pantry
(Open to Residents of Scotia & Glenville Only)
First Baptist Church of Scotia
132 Mohawk Avenue (Route 5)
Scotia, NY 12302
Phone: 518-399-9426 or 518-377-2196
St. Luke’s Food Pantry
(Must make appointment by 11am for that day)
1243 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12304
Phone: 518-347-1385
State Street Food Pantry
(By Appointment Only)
State Street Presbyterian Church
3 Catherine Street
Schenectady, NY 12307
Phone: 518-374-2684
Tabernacle of New Hope Pantry
(Monday, 10 AM - 4 PM)
Morris Avenue & Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone:  518-372-3344