Feed Albany, an initiative led by a group of Capital Region business owners and officials, have announced the establishment of Feed Albany, Inc. as a New York State non-profit charity as well as a $10,000 donation from the United Way of the Greater Capital Region (“UWGCR”).
The donation comes from the UWGCR’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy presented the donation on Saturday, April 18 at the Harold L. Joyce Albany County Office Building. This money comes directly from donations raised by the Islamic Center of the Capital District, Al-Hidaya Center, Masjid As-Salam, and Masjid Al-Arqam, all in coordination by McCoy. Feed Albany has also been approved for a $5,000 grant from Capitalize Albany Corporation.
“A tremendous thanks to Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and these incredible organizations for supporting our efforts,” said Dominick Purnomo, president and co-founder. “It is gratifying to see the outpouring of support we have received in this short time – all with the purpose of ensuring that those here in the Capital Region do not need to go hungry.
Feed Albany, Inc. held its initial board meeting on Friday, April 17, naming its initial board of directors which includes Dominick Purnomo, Christine Tate, Dennis Pitaniello, Matthew Peter, Caitlyn Krug, Francesca Pardi, and Jason Pierce. Purnomo will serve as president, Tate as vice president and secretary, and Pitaniello as treasurer.
“By incorporating, naming a board of directors, registering as a charity and applying for 501(c)3 recognition, we’ve taken the necessary steps to ensure that Feed Albany is in the best position possible to continue to help people in need, not only during the COVID-19 crisis, but in the future,” said Christine Tate, co-founder and board member. “We’re here to stay, we’re here to help and the donation from the United Way will help us do just that.”
Peter will be serving as a liaison to the City of Albany and Albany County, Krug will be serving as a liaison to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and The Food Pantries, Pitaniello will be handling finances for the organization in his role as treasurer and Purnomo will guide the long term goals and day to day operations of the organization in his role as president.
Feed Albany was originally organized and founded by Purnomo, Tate, Peter, Savoy Taproom co-owner Daniel Atkins, Relentless Awareness managing partner Joe Bonilla, and Savoy Taproom co-owners Jason & Kay Pierce in March 2020 in response to the effect COVID-19 had upon the bar and restaurant industry.
To date, Feed Albany has received more than $36,000 in cash contributions and more than $40,000 in product donations from Sysco, Driscoll, Pepsico, Kilcoyne Farms, among others. More than 20,000 meals have been prepared, packaged, and distributed across Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, and Rensselaer counties.
Through a partnership with The Food Pantries, Sr. Maureen Joyce, The Trinity Alliance and the Salvation Army, Feed Albany volunteers have distributed groceries for over 600 people.
A majority of the funds Feed Albany receives goes to direct support; the remaining funds are used for packaging, fuel, telecom, web hosting and internet, facilities and equipment rental, business registration fees, and ancillary costs.