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 the Volunteer Opportunities Handbook and the Volunteer Opportunities page.

Winter Breakfast Program
Volunteer at Winter Breakfast

Upcoming Events of Interest

Compassionate Communications

March 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Easter Sunrise Service

April 16 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Muslim Soup Kitchen Day

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Recent Posts

2017 IN-FOCUS Newsletter.

February 15th, 2017|Comments Off on 2017 IN-FOCUS Newsletter.

WINTER 2017 Newsletter The In-FOCUS Newsletter including the 2016 Annual Report is ready for you to read!

Compassionate Communications: The Basics

February 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Compassionate Communications: The Basics

Compassionate Communication: The Basics How do I live the values of love, understanding, peace or justice in my community, in my family, in my workplace, in my world? How do I put into practice loving my

FOCUS 2016 Annual Report

February 9th, 2017|Comments Off on FOCUS 2016 Annual Report

The FOCUS Churches 2016 Annual report is here for you to read.

Service of Rememberance

February 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Service of Rememberance

Dear Servants of the Homeless, Poor and Oppressed, You may have heard at recently that FOCUS Churches of Albany will hold this year's annual Service of Remembrance for those who have passed away from our

Recognizing Reszin

February 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Recognizing Reszin

On Sunday, February 5, we were able to thank our beloved Reszin who will soon be celebrating her 90th birthday! Her certificate reads as follows: "FOCUS Churches of Albany gives thanks to Reszin Adams for her

Empty Bowls Soup of the Day: Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

January 31st, 2017|Comments Off on Empty Bowls Soup of the Day: Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

The countdown for Empty Bowls has begun! We are going to post a variety of soup recipes in order to warm up your taste buds. Please try out these soups and let us know how you like them. Make your reservations for  Sunday, February 12th Empty Bowls by calling the FOCUS office, signing up at the FOCUS Worship service on Feb. 5 or by registering online.

FOCUS Combined Winter Worship Service

January 24th, 2017|Comments Off on FOCUS Combined Winter Worship Service

FOCUS is 50 years old! Please join all the FOCUS congregations in celebrating Sunday, February 5 at 10 AM at First Presbyterian Church. Joint Choir practice at 9 am. Our preacher will be Rev. Rick Spalding, Chaplain to Williams

Advocacy Meeting for Movement Building Strategy Training

January 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Advocacy Meeting for Movement Building Strategy Training

On Saturday, January 28th, from 10am-3pm, FOCUS will host a Movement Building Strategy Training at Westminster Presbyterian (85 Chestnut St). Lunch will be provided and childcare is available. RSVP on Facebook or by e-mailing joep@focuschurches.net We'll reflect on

Make your Reservation for Empty Bowls!

January 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Make your Reservation for Empty Bowls!

FOCUS EMPTY BOWLS FUNDRAISER. February 12 Please join FOCUS Churches and the Hunger Action Network of New York State at the Elks Lodge, 25 S. Allen St. from 1 to 3 pm.  For only $25,

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