Food Programs

Food Insecurity is detrimental to the United States economy. The cycle of food insecurity begins when an individual or family cannot afford enough nutritious food. The Mechanicville Area Community Services Center (MACSC), recognizes how important food assistance is in preventing food insecurity and promoting healthy lifestyles in our community. Our Food Program offers several resources to help combat hunger and bring awareness to food insecurity in and around our local community.

Next Food Distribution Date

Thursday / Feb 22nd

Next Food Distribution Date

Thursday / Feb 22nd

If you live in Mechanicville or surrounding areas, and you are in urgent need of food or could use help from time to time, call us! We are here to help!  The Mechanicville Community Center Food Pantry is here for YOU! Call (518) 664-8322, press 1012 and leave your information today!

We are returning to monthly distribution on Thursdays.  Our once-per-month guidelines are currently in effect and MACSC food pantry is currently operating on a call-in basis, don’t wait until the last minute if you are in need! Contact us prior to Thursday’s distribution day to schedule or request a food box. Cut off time for request is 3:00 p.m. the day before distribution (Wednesdays). Any orders entered after that time will be placed on the food pickup date for the following week.   

Who Qualifies? Anyone in our community who is in need! If you are in dire need of food or cannot afford the groceries you need on a regular basis, contact us.  If you don’t have food to make it through the day and are worried about what tomorrow brings, speak with any of our highly trained staff to learn how we can help.  MACSC is here to ensure that no family faces a food emergency alone, we can provide food and connect you with referrals to support services to assist your family combat and overcome hunger and food insecurity.

Do We Deliver? Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer Food Pantry delivery, BUT if you need food please call us, request a food box and we will schedule a time for you to come and pick-up.

Pet pantry is available only when donations are provided. Please call ahead to ensure we have what your pet needs.

Having trouble locating a food pantry near you? Give us a call and we can provide a referral to a nearby food pantry or simply click here to locate a food pantry near you.

#ittakesacommunity #noonegoeshungryinourcommunity 

How you can help support MACSC Food & Pet Pantry?  Consider donating food, personal care items, pet supplies, and or gift cards.   If you are able to donate food and/or gift cards to the pantry, MACSC is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.  For information on how to donate to MACSC Food Pantry, contact Tammie Alikonis at (518) 664-8322 ext 1014.

WHAT WE NEED:
Non-perishable items, Personal Care items, Pet items
Peanut Butter, Jelly, Rice, Pasta, Canned Tomatoes, Canned Sauce, Canned Protein, Hot/Cold Cereal, Water Bottles, Juice, Juice Boxes, Coffee, Bagged Snacks (for kids + seniors), Baby Food, Baby Diapers + Wipes, Dry + Wet Food, Pet treats, Personal Care Items (Toothpaste, Floss, Listerine, Shower Gel, Soap, Lotion) 

Coming Soon!

This program will be coming soon. Please check back for additional information.

We give away vegetable and fruit plants to food pantry customers so they can try growing their own vegetables at home. We are coming up on our 5th year of this initiative and the response has been great. It’s fun for the kids too!

Outdoor Free Produce weekly Thursday at 1:00 p.m.

The Mechanicville Area Community Services Center partners with local organizations to help combat food insecurity, as a result, FREE produce is placed outside on the side of the build weekly on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.  First come, First Served and EVERYTHING is FREE!! 

#ittakesacommunity #noonegoeshungryinourcommunity

Free Market will be held outside the Mechanicville Senior Center once a month on Wednesdays.

2023 Free Market featuring fresh produce & grocery items!

First come, First Served and EVERYTHING is FREE!! We will continue to have free market through October.

Wednesday, 04/19/23

Wednesday, 05/17/23

Wednesday, 06/21/23

Wednesday, 07/19/23

Wednesday, 08/16/23

Wednesday, 09/20/23

Wednesday, 10/18/23

#ittakesacommunity #noonegoeshungryinourcommunity #freshproduce

Free Summer Meals for Kids & Teens

The Mechanicville Area Community Services Center in partnership with CAPTAIN Community Human Services is proud to offer Saratoga County’s FREE Summer Meals Program. During the summer months, children up to the age of 18 are served free, nutritious lunches.  (Sandwiches, Salads, Fresh Fruit, Cold Milk).  Lunches MUST be consumed on-site and are no longer grab and go as in previous years.  MACSC Summer Meals Programs has 2 Open sites that will run Monday-Friday from July through August Monday-Friday.

2024 Summer Meals
Monday – Friday, July – August

Park Avenue Playground
11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
711 Park Avenue | Mechanicville NY

Mechanicville Public Library
12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
190 N. Main St. | Mechanicville NY

See Menu here: 2024 Menu TBD

#ittakesacommunity #unitedagainsthunger

 

Find an open site near you: Click Here

For questions about FREE Summer Meals please contact Carrie Pane or call (518) 664-8322.

Mystery Market weekly Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.

The Mechanicville Area Community Services Center partners with local organizations to help combat food insecurity, as a result, FREE produce is placed at the Mechanicville Senior Center Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.  First come, First Served and EVERYTHING is FREE!! 

#ittakesacommunity #noonegoeshungryinourcommunity

Farm Fresh

The Mechanicville Area Community Services Center partners with local farms to help combat food insecurity, as a result, we are able to provide our clients with FRESH produce from Summer through Fall.

What fresh produce should be expected? We cannot guarantee the availability of any crop on any particular week.  However, we have included a calendar which displays the normal harvest windows for each crop, and quick easy recipes that can be used for each crop.  Please Note:  There are always variations in production, crop failures, and other factors that limit or change a crop’s availability. 

Harvest Calendar

#ittakesacommunity #noonegoeshungryinourcommunity

Recipes From The Pantry

We hope to provide quick and easy recipes using products from our food pantry.  Enjoy our lovely recipe book below.

Recipes From The Pantry
Contact To Request Food Box

MACSC Food Pantry Line

Call us and leave your information today!
Office: 518-664-8322 ext 1012