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 Breakfast Express season runs from April 19 – October 27, 2016. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 AM. Breakfast Express offers a buffet-style breakfast featuring: oatmeal,cold cereal, fruit, toast, coffee, juice, and a bag lunch as you head out for the day.


Volunteers are welcome! The volunteer slot is from 7 am-8:45 am on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. 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 applicationand 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

Recent Posts

FOCUS Winter Breakfast Program:Thanksgiving Week

November 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on FOCUS Winter Breakfast Program:Thanksgiving Week

As the weather has gotten colder the number of breakfast guests has increased. This morning the FOCUS Winter Breakfast program served a hot breakfast to 120 guests.

Open for Breakfast on Thanksgiving

November 18th, 2016|Comments Off on Open for Breakfast on Thanksgiving

The FOCUS Winter Breakfast Program serves a hot breakfast from 7 am to 9 am every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday including Thanksgiving. Many thanks to our volunteers who have signed up to volunteer at the FOCUS Winter

Food is a Human Right: Monday, November 21

November 15th, 2016|Comments Off on Food is a Human Right: Monday, November 21

Food is a Human Right - An Interfaith Call to End Hunger - SICM Food Pantry, 839 Albany St, Schenectady NY - On Monday, Nov 21st at 12pm, join faith leaders, advocates, and people of

Fight for $15 Strike Day

November 15th, 2016|Comments Off on Fight for $15 Strike Day

The next Fight for $15 strike day will be Tuesday, November 29th. This is the fourth anniversary of the very first fast food worker strike in New York City, which sparked the movement. To be kept up

Schuyler Inn Holiday Party

November 15th, 2016|Comments Off on Schuyler Inn Holiday Party

We Need You at the Schuyler Inn Holiday Party Help run a "shop" where parents may select & wrap gifts Operate a craft table or be an Elf at party with Santa Buy $10 gift

Faith Community Discussion on Racial Healing. November 29

October 29th, 2016|0 Comments

FAITH COMMUNITY DISCUSSION ON RACIAL HEALING Tuesday, November 29 @ 6:00 pm at First Church on 110 North Pearl Street Faith communities have a unique responsibility and opportunity to educate and nurture respect for all

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NYGivesDay2016. Tuesday November 29

October 29th, 2016|0 Comments

WHAT IS NEW YORK GIVES DAY? New York Gives Day is a 24-hour online challenge to celebrate nonprofits across the state of New York. FOCUS along with other nonprofits across the Empire State will work

FOCUS Advocates. November 15 and 29

October 29th, 2016|0 Comments

The next FOCUS Advocates meeting will be Tuesday, November 15th, 5:30pm in the Emmanuel Baptist parlor. Join us as we discuss strategy, vision, and upcoming events, following the call of our faith to work for justice.

Prayers for Healing of Our Nation. November 9

October 29th, 2016|0 Comments

At a time when many of us are suffering from “election distress syndrome” and the social and moral fabric of our society is under stress, you are invited to a join in a time of

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Upcoming Events of Interest

FOCUS Worship Service

February 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Empty Bowls

February 12, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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