Leader of Food Pantries for the Capital District driven by big heart

Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff
Updated: January 28, 2021 06:18 PM
Created: January 28, 2021 05:27 PM

Food is the common denominator that all of us need.

For nearly the past 10 years, Natasha Pernicka has been at the helm of a coalition that makes sure people don't go hungry.

While she is big on leadership, it's her heart that drives her.

Pernicka earned a master's degree in public administration from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. She worked for non-profits, leading strategic initiatives, and won awards for her leadership.

Then she got the job of heading the Food Pantries for the Capital District, a coalition of 65 food pantries throughout the Capital District.
She says the problem of food insecurity is a systemic one, and it has a connection to a lack of a living wage.

Learn more about how Pernicka's background is helping her on this journey by watching the video of Elaine Houston's story.

MORE INFORMATION: The Food Pantries for the Capital District

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