MASH Raises Money for The Food Pantries

Albany N.Y- After hosting two-yard sales, The MASH community has recently donated 1040 meals to The Food Pantries of the Capital District.

The Food Pantries is a coalition of 56 local food pantries, serving Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties.

The donation will have profound effects on the community, as it will provide a whopping 1,040 meals to food insecure individuals.

“Our organization relies heavily on the support of volunteers, sponsors, and partners,” says Natasha Pernicka, Executive Director of The Food Pantries for the Capital District.

“Currently, more than 1 in 10 of our community members are struggling with food insecurity. Support from partners like Mash Co. and the students they work with is very important, it allows us to fulfill our mission of working together to feed the hungry in our communities, and we are grateful for that support. It is with this assistance that we were able to deliver more than 1,380 tons of food for our member pantries in 2016, which helped provide approximately 2.7 million meals for our neighbors in need,” she concluded.

On Wednesday afternoon, MASH's Tiran, Gabe, and Grace brought some UAlbany students who purchased a futon at one of the yard sales to the Food Pantries to meet with Wes Burton, Assistant to the Executive Director of The Food Pantries.

Their purchase will be impacting many lives in the Capital Region.

"I was very excited to meet some the students who worked hard with Mash to raise this donation. It’s incredible the support we receive from the community," says Wes.

From left to right: Grace, Gabe, Wes, UAlbany Students Pete and Nick, holding a check for $200.

"The futon is great for my suite, and I could not be happier that the proceeds are going to a great cause," says Pete who chipped in for a futon along with his suitemates.

Pete and his roommates with their new futon