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Schenectady County Food Service Programs

For Immediate Food Access

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Visit The Food Pantries for the Capital District for up-to-date information on food pantry locations in Schenectady County, hours of operation, as well as upcoming food distributions.


41st Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive - 2020

We're closely monitoring the current health crisis related to COVID-19 and are working to ensure that safety regulations are met for our 2020 Thanksgiving program. Thanksgiving Food Drive

Sign-up Information 2020
If you would like to receive a food basket for your family this year, please carefully read the following instructions and eligibility requirements.

The Sign-Up period for the 2020 Thanksgiving program has ended

Month of October

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 online using the above link
  • MUST provide proof of number of people in family
  • Qualifying ID and proof of address must be mailed to Concerned for the Hungry at P.O. Box 119, Schenectady, NY 12301-0119, or emailed to [email protected].
  • MUST provide ONE of the following forms of qualifying ID to sign-up:
    • 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)

We DO NOT Accept Social Security Cards, Social Security Award Letters or Medicare Cards.

Basket Pick-Up 2020

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. If picking up a basket for another individual, you must provide a written letter from that person giving permission to do so, that lists their full name, address, and is signed by that person.

Pick-Up Location:
William C. Keane Elementary School
1252 Albany Street
Schenectady, NY 12304

Sun Nov. 22, 9am to 6pm

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 2020

Volunteers are needed for the 2020 Thanksgiving Food Drive!! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be limiting the number of volunteers at any one time. ALL volunteers must sign up for specific shifts in advance, by using the following link:

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

Volunteer Dates/Times/Activities:

Sat Nov. 14, 2pm-4pm: Sorting Scout food donations
Weds Nov. 18, 12-6pm: Assembling Boxes
Thurs Nov. 19, 10am-3pm: Pick-up/unload food
Fri Nov. 20, 9am-5pm: Sorting food
Sat Nov. 21, 9am-5pm: Packing Food Baskets
Sun Nov. 22, 9am-6pm: Distributing Food Baskets (No small children, limited volunteers needed)
Mon Nov. 23, 8am-4pm: Agency Pick-up/Deliveries

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