Dec. 5, 2016

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Albany Chapter helps fight hunger

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UUP’s Albany Chapter donated $1,010 to Albany’s St. Vincent DePaul food pantry to fight hunger at the college and in the community. Albany Chapter delegate Greta Petry, right, presents the contribution—checks and cash—Dec. 5 to pantry director Angela Warner, as Albany Chapter President Bret Benjamin looks on.

Petry spearheaded the fundraising effort to help students and faculty who may not be getting enough to eat.

“We fear that hunger has become a regular condition for students, who face higher tuition costs and student debt, and for some employees, including contingent and adjunct faculty members,” she explained. “Anything we can do to help provide access to one of life’s basic necessities is a step in the right direction.”

In addition to helping students and faculty, Benjamin said their goal was also to help the community at large.

“We know that wages have stagnated for decades now. Even working people can find it difficult to put three square meals on the table, let alone the unemployed. Hunger for children has become an enormous problem,” he said.

The Albany Chapter's donations will be used to purchase fresh produce, which is the most nutritious—and often the most expensive—food the pantry can offer. And UUP’s donation is very significant, said Warner.

“For every dollar of a cash donation we receive, we can buy four dollars’ worth of food, so really this is like $4,000 to us. People’s charitable dollars to a food bank goes much further,” she said.

UAlbany is working with the Albany Chapter to develop fundraising and volunteer efforts to support the pantry. Among the possibilities: a spring fundraising walk that would be part of the union’s Chapter Action Project.

CLICK HERE to donate to St. Vincent's food pantry or to learn more about the pantry's outreach programs.

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