Albany International Airport to Host Northeast Regional Food Bank Distribution

June 9, 2020

The Albany International Airport, in cooperation with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, will host a contactless drive-thru food distribution on Thursday June 11, 2020. Food will be distributed beginning at 10:00a.m. in the Airport’s E-lot parking area. The drive-thru will be open to anyone in need of food during these uncertain times.

“The Coronavirus has dealt a crippling blow to countless American families and has forced many to seek the support of community-based organizations and food pantries. The Airport community encourages our local businesses, families and individuals to reach out with a helping hand to assist our neighbors during this unprecedented time of need. In fact, studies show that food insecurity in families with young children has risen dramatically since the onset of the COVID crisis,” said Philip Calderone, CEO of the Albany County Airport Authority.

Those attending the food distribution are asked to drive to the main entrance of the terminal at Albany International Airport. Signage and airport staff will direct drivers to the distribution area.

Food to be distributed will include fresh produce, meat, dairy products and shelf-stable items. Volunteers from the Albany County Airport Authority, AvPORTS, the Transportation Security Administration and Million Air will assist in loading food into the trunks of vehicles. All volunteers will adhere to CDC guidelines and will practice social distancing while also wearing appropriate masks and gloves.

"The Regional Food Bank of NENY is proud to partner with Albany International Airport to combat the unprecedented rates of food insecurity caused by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The Drive Thru Pantry is a way to provide essential food to households struggling to access sufficient amounts of healthy foods at this difficult time. By providing food 'from the truck into the trunk', this method minimizes personal contact and optimizes safety for all involved. This effort complements the outstanding work already being done by our network of member food pantries county-wide," said Susan Lintner, Director of Community Impact, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.