ALBANY>> In recognition of Homeless & Hunger Awareness month and 30th Anniversary of the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) is kicking off a unique campaign: 30 Meals in 30 Days.
The campaign aims to connect volunteers, donors, and other community advocates to the issue of homelessness and encourage meal donations to the organization, at least one per day in the month of November.
A total of 30 meals are scheduled to be donated to IPH over the course of the month to the IPH Albany Emergency Shelter. Some of the groups that have committed to participating are The Cathedral of All Saints, St. Anne Institute, Boys and Girls Club, Whole Foods Market Albany, Bryant Asset Protection, Inc., Turkish Cultural Center, Congregation Ohav Shalom, The Academy of Holy Names, SUNY Cobleskill, Policy Research Associates, Inc., The Franciscan Center for
Service and Advocacy at Siena College, and several individuals and families.
“This is definitely going to be an exciting month at IPH,” said executive director Janine Robitaille. “This initiative invites both long-time supporters and new friends to be a part of something special. Enjoying a home cooked meal from our volunteers means a lot to the guests we serve. We’re very thankful for everyone involved.”
The IPH Albany Emergency Shelter houses 30 single men and women at any given time. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at the shelter daily. A daily meal at the Sheridan Hollow Drop-In Center serves upwards of 50 individuals.
Across all IPH programs including the Albany Emergency Shelter, Danielle’s House (Amsterdam Emergency Shelter), Sheridan Hollow Drop-In Center, and special community holiday celebrations, more than 40,000 meals are served annually.
The 30 Meals in 30 Days campaign is sponsored by OneMain Financial. Staff from various branches are scheduled to donate a meal twice during the month.
There are still opportunities to schedule meals and be a part of the campaign. To participate, or learn more about the IPH meal donation program, contact Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Adriana Battle, at (518) 434-8021 x106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1984, Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) has been providing a continuum of programs and services to address the needs of the homeless and low-income community to encourage self-sufficiency and stability.