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Schenectady County Food Service Programs

For Immediate Food Access

Download the "Food 4 NY" app on your iphone or android device.


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.


42nd Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive - 2021

We're closely monitoring the current health crisis related to COVID-19 and are working to ensure that safety regulations are met for our 2021 Thanksgiving program. Thanksgiving Food Drive

Sign-up Information 2021
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. 22, 5-8pm

Sat Oct. 23,10am-4pm
Sun Oct. 24, 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
  • 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, food pantry, or other 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 2021

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. 21, 9am to 5pm

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 2021

Volunteers are needed for the 2021 Thanksgiving Food Drive!! Due to COVID-19 safety, 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. 13, 2pm-4pm: Sorting Scout food donations
Weds Nov. 17, 3-7pm: Assembling Boxes
Thurs Nov. 18, 10am-3pm: Pick-up/unload food
Fri Nov. 19, 9am-5pm: Sorting food
Sat Nov. 20, 9am-5pm: Packing Food Baskets
Sun Nov. 21, 9am-5pm: Distributing Food Baskets (No small children, limited volunteers needed)
Mon Nov. 22, 8am-4pm: Agency Pick-up/Deliveries

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