In need of Food Assistance?
Guilderland Food Pantry
Open Monday through Saturday
9:30am - 11:00am
2023 HOLIDAY HOURS
CLOSED Friday, November 10th for Veterans Day (we will be open Saturday the 11th)
CLOSED Thursday, November 23rd for Thanksgiving (we will be open on the 24th)
CLOSED Monday, December 25th for Christmas (we will be open Saturday the 23rd)
CLOSED Monday, January 1st for New Years
Serving the areas of Guilderland, Altamont, Voorheesville, Slingerlands, Albany, and Schenectady.
GFP is once again a drop off location for Toys for Tots in 2023. The boxes are set up and ready to go! This was a huge success last year and benefits many local families.
We keep our website up to date with upcoming events & news. See all the latest here - there is a lot!
News & Events
Price Chopper Food Bags
Price Chopper, located at 1706 Western Ave in Guilderland, is selling pre-packed bags of holiday food (veggies, potatoes, stuffing) for $10 and then donating the bags to the Pantry.The bags of food can be picked up in the produce section of the store. Simply take the bag to checkout, pay for it, and then the cashier will put the bag away for us to pick up. This food will be used for our Christmas food bags.This promotion runs through November 22.
Toys for Tots
We are collecting gifts on behalf of Toys for Tots now through December 8th. Drop off boxes are located at the Pantry. This was a huge success last year and benefits many local families.
Hannaford Bouquet Promo
Hannaford in Guilderland is donating $1 for every specially marked Bloomin' 4 Good bouquet sold during the month of November.
November 22 -- Thank you to all the volunteers who helped distribute 185 Thanksgiving meals. 🥦🥕🌽
November 5 -- Once again, the Pantry is collecting gifts on behalf of Toys for Tots! Come by the Pantry to drop off gifts for those less fortunate. 🎁 🎄
October 24 -- Our Taste of Guilderland event was a rousing success! Thank you to everyone who assisted and to those who were able to attend. It was a fun event that helped raise over $7000 for the pantry! 🙏
October 11 -- The Guilderland High School Boys Volleyball team conducted a food drive and collected 172 lbs. of food for the backpack program. Thank you to the team and to all who participated!
October 11 -- The Redeemer Church bottle/can drive was a great success! 2,726 empties were collected, resulting in a donation of $136.30 to the pantry. Thank you!
September 27 -- The Guilderland Farmers Market table event was a great success! We raised $362 in donations. Thank you to all the vendors who donated to the raffle and to all those who bought raffle tickets!
September 18 -- Calling all high school students!If you know of any high school students who might like to volunteer as a server on October 17 at our Taste of Guilderland event, please call the Pantry at 518-930-1001. This is a great opportunity for students to give back to their community! (and it also looks great on college applications 😉)
September 12 -- Redeemer Church is holding a bottle/can drive during the month of September to benefit the Guilderland Food Pantry. Drop off your empties on Sundays at 9am and 11am at the Schoolhouse Road location.
September 3 -- Once again, Robinson's ACE Hardware on Western Ave. is supporting the Pantry through their Register Round-Up program. Throughout September, when you check out, ask them to "round up" your total to the next whole dollar amount (for example, if you owe $12.15, you can ask them to "round up" to $13.00). The difference will be donated to the Pantry (in the example given, that would be 85 cents).These small "round up" amounts add up over the course of a month, so it's a great way to support GFP!Support a local business instead of a big box national store, and help support the Pantry at the same time!!
September 1 -- The CROP Walk made over $100K in total donations of which 25% stays local and is divided among participating teams. This year, we received a check for $500. Nice job to all who participated!
Old News ;-)
August 23 -- Robinson Hardware is a long time supporter and donor to the Pantry. So please consider supporting them at the upcoming BBQ Fest at Allied Brewing. It is sure to be a fun event worth checking out! Registration closes this Friday so register ASAP if you are interested.
August 7 -- Here are Alex and Brett presenting Mac with a check for $1,382! We think it's safe to say that their 4x4x48 Challenge was a smashing success!
August 2 -- We collected 5,249 bottles & cans for our July Bottle Drive, which is amazing!But, if you did not have a chance to bring your empties in during the month of July, you can bring them in anytime throughout the year, at your convenience. Just drop them off at the Pantry during our normal hours, or leave them in the bin outside the Pantry during hours when we are not there...It's another easy way to help support the pantry!
August 1 -- Look at this fresh produce donation from the Albany County Cornell Cooperative Extension. Delicious and healthy! 🤤
August 1 -- Pastor Matthew and children from the Helderberg Reformed, Altamont Reformed, Hamilton Union and New Covenant Presbyterian put together 80 bags for the backpack program. Each has tuna, cereal, mac & cheese, ravioli and more. Thank you for your kindness! 🙏
July 26 -- July Bottle Drive update: 3,504 empties collected so far.Our goal is to reach 5,000, so if you have empty water/soda/beer bottles or cans, every little bit helps!Remember:
1 can= 5 cents
20 cans= $1
$1= 5 meals!!!You can drop them off at the pantry or call for pickup! 🙏
July 24 -- Alex & Brett have successfully completed the 4x4x48 challenge, and in doing so have raised over $1,300 for the Pantry - wow!!! 👏👏👏What an impressive feat and an impressive act of generosity on their part. Thank you Brett and Alex! 🙏
July 22 -- We had a great day at Raymour and Flanigan where we met some nice people and brought home a total donation amount of $657 for the Pantry!Below you will see Raymour and Flanigan store manager Kaz Whalid and his team presenting a check to the pantry for $500.Great event and partnership!
July 18 -- The 4x4x48 Challenge consists of running 4 miles every 4 hrs for 48 hrs! Who would do this? Well, Guilderland's own Alex & Brett, who are running to raise money for the Pantry!Click here & select "Alex 4x4x48 Challenge" in the Designation drop down to support Alex and the Pantry. Thank you!
July 13 -- Here is Mac just prior to our first trip to the recycling center, posing with 1,944 empty bottles and cans! We are off to a great start with our bottle drive - keep the empties coming!! ♻️
Ways to Give
Monetary donations may be made online, dropped off at the Pantry during our regular hours, or mailed to:Guilderland Food Pantry
P.O. Box 7
Guilderland NY 12084
Click here to view our shopping list on Amazon to order products that can be shipped directly to the pantryNon-perishable food items can also be dropped of at the pantry during our regular hours (see above) or left in the collection bin located outside the pantry.
The Guilderland Food Pantry has been serving the food insecure in Guilderland since 1979. We are members of the NE New York Regional Food Bank, Food Pantries of the Capital District and the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce and are registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the State of New York.
John “Mac” McDonnell
Mac is a life-long Guilderland resident with a servant's heart committed to making Guilderland a great place to live for all our residents by ensuring that the challenge of food insecurity is addressed and eliminated.
Board of Directors
Our Board provides general oversight of GFP administrative operations and supports the day to day efforts of Mac and the front line volunteers.
John 'Mac' McDonnell, Exec. Director
Brian Rutherford, Chairperson
Maureen Serafini, Vice Chair
Lisa Case, Secretary
Diana Edelson, Treasurer
Robert Baker, CPA
Guilderland Food Pantry is powered by a group of hard-working and dedicated volunteers. These heroes receive, catalog and pack food for client distribution, complete home deliveries, prepare food backpacks for school aged children, prepare holiday food baskets and work tirelessly to ensure no one in our community goes hungry.
There is no better way to give back to your community than serving. We have a variety of ways you can help from serving in the pantry, delivering food, helping with holiday meals, etc. If interested please contact the pantry by filling out the volunteer form, sending us an email or calling us at 518-930-1001.