Schenectady County families who are having a hard time makes ends meet can receive some Thanksgiving meal assistance this holiday season From Concerned for the Hungry (CFH).  Founded in 1979, a small group of individuals who recognized that the need for emergency food was growing, began the fight against hunger for Schenectady County and its residents.

Fast Forward to today, CFH continues fighting the battle on hunger as a fully-volunteer organization. CFH remains a leading force in providing essential food services and support throughout Schenectady County according to its organizers. 

CFH will celebrate its 44th birthday by providing Schenectady County residents  with Thanksgiving Food Baskets. 

Families and individuals can sign up for their food basket in-person at St. John the Evangelist, located at 806 Union St on October 27th from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm,  October 28th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and October 29th from 1:00pm -4:00 pm. 

Schenectady County resident families and/or individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Eligibility requirements include, but are not limited to, proof of residency and an in-person application at St. Johns. 

If anyone is unable to apply in-person, the individual in need may appoint an authorized individual to apply on their behalf. A written authorization by the applicant for the authorized individual is required along with at least one form of qualifying ID. 

CFH lists the following types of qualifying ID as acceptable; a medicaid card, a SNAP Food Stamp Card, a Social Security Disability Award Letter, WIC card, or a referral from a church or pastor. 

Food baskets will be available for pick up on November 19th from 9:00am-5:00 pm at Keane Elementary School, located at 1252 Albany St. Schenectady NY. 

Families or individuals who qualify can expect 4 days of free food throughout the duration of the Thanksgiving holiday .

Concerned For The Hungry offers a wide variety of resources for additional food services aside from the Thanksgiving Food Baskets. Providing assistance and funding for emergency shelter and operating various food pantries throughout the county of Schenectady, CFH strives to bridge the gap on hunger for Schenectady County and its  residents. Families or individuals in need of emergency food should visit  for local pantry locations, hours of operation  and updated food distributions. 

CFH gladly accepts new volunteers to apply and help feed the families in need.

Volunteers interested in applying can email CFH

For more information on Concerned For the Hungry Inc or its services visit