SARATOGA COUNTY — Hannaford Supermarkets, who have a longstanding commitment to supporting hunger relief in its communities, announced a $296,000 donation to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, which will allow the non-profit organization to establish food pantries in 33 schools throughout New York State.
Designed to serve as a vital and convenient resource to students and families in need while also increasing access to healthy and nutritious food, the in-school pantries are dedicated spaces where students can select food they enjoy based on their preferences and cooking abilities to provide nourishment both during and after the school day.
“At Hannaford, we strongly believe that our business goes far beyond selling products and that a key component of being ‘greater than groceries’ is investing into the communities we serve. As a community contributor, we have a longstanding commitment to aiding hunger relief in our neighborhoods. This effort often begins at school, where hunger directly impacts a student’s ability to learn, grow and succeed,” said Hannaford Supermarkets Vice President of Retail Operations Todd Bullen.
The donation is one component of an overall $1 million commitment from Hannaford Supermarkets through its new “Fuel Kids at School” program, which is designed to directly address food insecurity and improve access to fresh and healthy food in schools in New York and New England.
The announcement took place in conjunction with the opening of the new food pantry at Troy High School in Troy. Students will be recommended for access to the pantry by teachers and administrators who witness first-hand their nutritional needs.
Local counties including Saratoga, Warren, and Washington are among the New York counties where schools will establish in-school food pantries as a result of the nearly $300,000 donation from Hannaford to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The list of participating schools in said counties are as follows:
•Saratoga County: Ballston Spa High School in Ballston Spa; Saratoga Springs High School in Saratoga Springs; and South Glens Falls High School in South Glens Falls.
•Warren County: Glens Falls High School in Glens Falls; and Queensbury High School in Queensbury.
•Washington County: Greenwich Junior/Senior High School in Greenwich; and Hudson Falls High School in Hudson Falls.