ALBANY, N.Y. – Cardona’s Market, a three-generation Albany family business for more than 75 years, today expressed its gratitude to those dedicated to keeping the community safe by serving a complimentary lunch to healthcare workers and volunteers at the Albany County vaccination site at the Albany Capital Center.

Members of the Cardona family were joined by Deputy Albany County Executive Daniel Lynch and Albany County Commissioner of Health Dr. Elizabeth Whalen to hand-deliver the market’s signature sandwiches to approximately 150 healthcare workers and volunteers as a thank you for their work to vaccinate thousands of Albany County residents.

“As a three generation family-owned and operated business, the Albany community has shown us a tremendous amount of support for nearly a century,” said Anthony Cardona, one of the owners of Cardona’s Market. “This lunch is a small token of our appreciation for the dedicated professionals and volunteers who are working tirelessly to vaccinate our community. We thank the Albany County Executive’s Office and the Albany County Department of Health for their continued leadership as we turn a pivotal corner in the pandemic.”

The surprise lunch was coordinated in partnership with the Albany County Executive’s Office and the Albany County Department of Health.

“Our healthcare workers and volunteers, who are essential in holding together Albany County’s vaccination clinics, deserve to know their selfless work is appreciated and hasn’t gone unnoticed. Not only are they helping us get shots in arms, but they’ve also been on the frontlines of the pandemic since it began,” said Deputy Albany County Executive Daniel Lynch. “Cardona’s Market has been an Albany staple for nearly eight decades, and they’re once again showing their commitment to the community with this thoughtful gesture.”

The initiative demonstrates Cardona’s longstanding history serving the Albany community, which dates back to the market’s founding in 1945. The well-known Italian specialty market recently welcomed its third generation of family owners to carry on its tradition as a regional destination for fine Italian imports and traditional cooking.

For more than 75 years, Cardona’s Market has provided Capital Region residents with top-quality Italian products, including meats, cheeses, olives, olive oils, vinegars, pastas and pantry staples. The market features a full selection of fresh-from-the-kitchen dishes, including restaurant-quality grab-and-go meals such as homemade lasagna, eggplant parmesan, sauces and meatballs. These meal solutions complement Cardona’s complete menu of hand-crafted sandwiches, artisan salads, aromatic soups and fresh-baked bread.

Customers also enjoy a full-scale butcher shop offering all-natural beef, chicken and housemade sausage alongside a selection of fresh produce and the market’s famous homemade sauces. Specialty baked goods, cookies, cakes and desserts are made fresh in-house daily. Additionally, the market offers a full-range of custom catering services for a wide variety of events and celebrations.

Cardona’s Market is located at 340 Delaware Avenue in Albany. Current hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The market is closed on Sundays.

For more information about Cardona’s Market, call 518-434-4838 or visit


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