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Schenectady County Food Service Programs

40th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive - 2019

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Sign-up Information 2019
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. 25, 5-8pm
Sat Oct. 26,10am-4pm
Sun Oct. 27, 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 2019
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. 24, 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 2019
Volunteers are needed for the 2019 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. 16, 10am-2pm: Sorting Boy Scout food donations
Weds Nov. 20, 4-7pm: Assembling Boxes
Thurs Nov. 21, 10am-3pm: Pick-up/unload food
Fri Nov. 22, 9am-4pm: Sorting food
Sat Nov. 23, 10am-5pm: Packing Food Baskets
Sun Nov. 24, 9am-6pm: Distributing Food Baskets (No small children, limited volunteers needed)
Mon Nov. 25, 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.



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