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Food Bank holds inaugural Hunger Action Challenge Drop Off event

October 01, 2018 11:46 PM

LATHAM - For 36 years The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York has collected and distributed donations to agencies across 23 counties.  

"In the past we have different groups, clubs compete against each other so we decided why not open it up to the families anyone who wants to participate," Bethany Moxey said, Director of Marketing & Communications Regional Food Bank.

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This year for the first time, a challenge to the community to help them grow their food and funds.

"We distribute over 38 million pounds of food a year," Moxey said.

From 4 to 7 pm at the Latham warehouse, trucks hauled in bags upon bags to be boxed up of shelf-stable, fresh and frozen food. 

"The corporations have a lot to give they have so much just from a talent perspective but also from a monetary perspective that they can give to help out," Chris Van Woert said, AstraZenica Account Manager.

According to Feeding America, forty million Americans struggle with hunger including more than twelve million children.

"I think about kids that are going to bed hungry every night and it's really disheartening so to be able to help out with something like this is really fantastic," Van Woert said.

For the businesses and corporations, this is a great team building exercise. and for the families and students, it's an altruistic unforgettable experience.

"Being friendly with people having a sense of community it's a really good time and knowing that you're helping out someone in need it's a really good feeling," Stephen Kires said, UAlbany Senior.

Awards will be given to the top three teams.

To learn how you can help, click here.

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