Our Mission

Six covenant churches, four faith affiliates, and two faith partners, doing together what we cannot do alone. United in a common calling to respond to our neighbor’s needs in the city of Albany and beyond, as God’s servant people in a broken and hurting world.

Over 40,000 people each month rely on food pantries in the Capital Region. The FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantry provides families from the Capital Hill, Center Square, Hudson, Washington and Park South neighborhoods, and beyond, with a 6-day supply of food.

Families may visit the pantry twice each month. In addition to a balanced and nutritious food package, the pantry provides personal care items, fresh fruit, vegetables, and milk vouchers. The Interfaith Food Pantry also helps households by supplying information about additional community resources such as job training, housing, healthcare, food stamps, WIC and nutrition education. Guests are also provided with advocacy and referral services.

Food Pantry
Volunteer at the Food Pantry

Food. Nutrition. Empowerment. Hospitality -for body and soul.

The FOCUS Winter Breakfast Program provides a hot meal and a bag lunch to 300-400 people a week during the coldest months of the year. Open Tuesday through Thursday from November to April, the breakfast is staffed by volunteers who cook, serve, clean, and engage the guests in conversation. Breakfast guests are all ages, though the great majority of them are adults and seniors.

Volunteers are welcome! The volunteer slot is from 6:30 am-9:15 am on Tuesdays,Wednesdays and Thursdays. FOCUS is always seeking new volunteers to join the crew. Tasks include: Dishwashing, floating, buffet service, coffee making, cleanup, and sandwich handout. Please fill out a volunteer application and agreement and submit them to Volunteer Coordinator Belinda at belindaq@focuschurches.net or mail to: FOCUS Churches of Albany, 275 State Street, Albany NY 12210.  Click here to download theVolunteer Opportunities Handbook and the Volunteer Opportunities page.

Winter Breakfast Program
Volunteer at Winter Breakfast

Upcoming Events of Interest

FOCUS Advocates Meeting

January 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

FOCUS Worship Service

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Empty Bowls

February 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Recent Posts

People’s State of the State.2017

January 4th, 2017|Comments Off on People’s State of the State.2017

On January 3, 2017 FOCUS joined partners and allies at the People's State of the State, calling for a legislative agenda to benefit the common good, including increased education funding, emergency food support, affordable and

Remembering Those on the Darkest Night

December 21st, 2016|Comments Off on Remembering Those on the Darkest Night

On the longest and darkest night of the year we remember those who passed away this past year. We remember those who had no home yet who lived in the community where we work and

Winter Appeal

December 9th, 2016|Comments Off on Winter Appeal

With your generous donations, FOCUS Churches can continue to offer good food and real hospitality to families and individuals in need. The emotional and physical connections you help to make are the best way for

FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantry Holiday Baskets

December 9th, 2016|Comments Off on FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantry Holiday Baskets

The FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantry will be serving about 200 holiday baskets to our pantry families this holiday season. With the help of all the FOCUS churches for their generous donations we were able to

#NYGives Day: Thank You!

December 7th, 2016|Comments Off on #NYGives Day: Thank You!

We give thanks for the 11 people who donated a total of $725 for our first attempt to make use of “Giving Tuesday” (November 29th, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving). You rock! We hope that out

Food is a Human Right Recap

November 28th, 2016|Comments Off on Food is a Human Right Recap

On Monday, November 21st, FOCUS Advocates joined with partners and friends from Schenectady Inner City Ministries and Hunger Action Network of NYS to draw attention to the ongoing crisis of hunger, and call for comprehensive

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