When students are food insecure, they arrive at school on Monday morning hungry, unable to concentrate, taking food from waste baskets, and anxiously awaiting lunch.
AFE began to address food insecurity on a District-wide basis in 2013 with a weekend food backpack program developed with HATAS (Homeless and Travelers Aid Society) and the Regional Food Bank. In 2019, Grassroot Givers joined the partnership to provide an age-appropriate book with each backpack. AFE has been instrumental in shepherding the program — we serve as a critical partner in convening meetings and work groups, provide annual funding, solicit grants, and publicly promote the program. Volunteers from the community are invited to sign up for backpack stuffing shifts.
How to Sponsor the Feed and Read Program
Email AlbanyAFE@gmail.com or call 518-207-5572 to discuss sponsorship options. AFE is a 501c3 organization, so all donations are tax deductible to the full extent of state and federal laws.