May 22, 2020

Ballston Spa National Bank Hosts Second Drive-Thru Food Pantry

The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and the Ballston Spa Central School District, is hosting a contactless drive-thru food pantry on Friday, May 29, beginning at 10 a.m. in front of the Ballston Spa High School located at 220 Ballston Ave. The drive-thru food pantry is open to area families and individuals in need of food assistance.

Thanks to the Regional Food Bank, an anticipated 18,000 pounds of food will be distributed at the event, including fresh produce, dairy, frozen meats and non-perishable food items. BSNB volunteers will welcome attendees and load boxes of food into each vehicle’s trunk.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. Patrons will receive food on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. All volunteers will follow CDC guidelines by wearing appropriate masks and gloves while actively practicing social distancing.

“In response to the growing need, BSNB volunteers are hosting our second drive-thru food pantry and contributing financially to the Regional Food Bank’s efforts,” stated Christopher R. Dowd, BSNB president and CEO. “We’ve made an initial donation of $5000 and recently announced a campaign to match up to another $5000 in support. We ask that you please consider contributing to this worthy cause.”

Members of the public wishing to support the Regional Food Bank under BSNB’s matching campaign may donate directly via the Regional Food Bank’s donation site and selecting ‘BSNB Matching Campaign’ as the donation designation. Additionally, checks may be made payable to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and dropped off at any BSNB banking location or mailed to BSNB, ATTN: Regional Food Bank Matching Campaign, PO Box 70, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. The match applies to donations received now through May 27, 2020.

“Over the last nine weeks, the Regional Food Bank has increased their services by more than 50%, providing 9.2 million pounds of food for thousands of people in need – many for the first time in their lives. The drive-thru food pantry is a way to provide essential food to households struggling to access sufficient amounts of healthy foods at this difficult time,” says Susan Lintner, Director of Community Impact, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. “Our method of providing food ‘from the truck into the trunk’, minimizes personal contact and optimizes safety for all involved. We are so appreciative of BSNB’s support.”