Food drive during Siena men’s basketball game results in 1,460 pounds of food
ALBANY, N.Y. – A recent food drive organized by Hannaford Supermarkets and Siena Athletics generated approximately 1,460 pounds of food for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York – marking a record collection for the hunger relief agency at a Siena sporting event.
The food drive, held during the Siena men’s basketball game at the Times Union Center on January 5, invited fans to bring non-perishable items, which were donated to the Food Bank. Fans who donated at least three non-perishable items received a voucher for two free tickets to a future Siena men’s basketball 2018-19 regular season home game.
This year’s edition of the food drive marks the third annual partnership between Hannaford Supermarkets and Siena Athletics.
“Hannaford is committed to fighting hunger and we are thrilled to work with Siena which is equally dedicated and passionate about this cause. We extend our sincere gratitude to the thousands of fans who joined in our efforts to support the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York,” said Hannaford Supermarkets Community Relations Specialist Brian Fabre. “We hope this result will help the Food Bank provide for families well into the New Year.”
“We thank our fans for showing such tremendous generosity and contributing to such a bountiful collection for the Food Bank. We’d also like to thank Hannaford for their partnership in this annual effort,” said Siena College Vice President and Director of Athletics John D’Argenio. “We look forward to seeing fans who donated later this season as we continue to unleash mayhem during this new era of Siena basketball.”
The food drive coincides with a critical time of need for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, which traditionally experiences a significant decrease in donations following the generosity of the holiday season.
“The Regional Food Bank was proud to partner with Hannaford and Siena once again on a beginning of the year food drive. It was our most successful year yet. What a great way to start the year,” said Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York Executive Director Mark Quandt. “We are very grateful to both Siena and Hannaford for being such outstanding supporters of the Food Bank and for their commitment to assisting the hungry in our area.”
The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that collects donated food from the food industry and distributes it to nearly 1,000 charitable agencies feeding the hungry in 23 counties of northeastern New York. The food provided by the Regional Food Bank helps to feed over 40,000 people each week. The Regional Food Bank is a member of Feeding America. The organization is supported by foundations, private contributions and fundraising events.
About Hannaford Supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 181 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 27,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com.