2017 Summer Appeal

Many of us look forward to summertime's vacations but hunger and poverty in Albany do not take a break.

A fundraising campaign for FOCUS Churches of Albany, Inc.

Dear Friends,      

Many of us look forward to summertime’s graduations, weddings and vacations. But hunger and poverty in Albany do not take a break. Once again, we anticipate increased needs for families with children as schools close and the children no longer have access to breakfast and lunch 5 days a week.

• The Interfaith Food Pantry provides healthy food to an average of 275 households each month. You can provide 6 days of meals for one person, including fresh produce for $40. Or you can provide a family of three with ingredients for 18 meals (6 days) for $120.

• Breakfast Express–  FOCUS volunteers serve a cold buffet breakfast two times a week, averaging 50 guests per morning from April to November.  You can provide breakfast and a bag lunch for 25 people for $50.  Your $100 donation will feed all our breakfast guests at BEX for a day.

• FOCUS Advocates continue to speak truth to power, working in coalition with local, statewide and national advocacy groups to enact public policies that move beyond charity to seek justice for all.  Our collective voice makes a difference in the fight against hunger and poverty as we work to empower the poor. 

• Gardening in a Bucket For Kids is back “on the road” to local family homeless shelters, Albany public schools and more.  Last year, you helped reach over 150 families with this fun and educational project that promotes healthy eating.

• FOCUS on School Supplies Project—Each August,  you help us provide about 250 children from low income households with the basic supplies each student needs to begin school. 

Thank you for your gift. You are making a difference for many! 

In Unity,

Rev. Jeffrey Matthews 

President, Board of Directors


Rev. Jim Ketcham

Executive Director

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About the Organization

FOCUS Churches of Albany, Inc.

Since 1967, the FOCUS Churches of Albany have joined together as God's servant people in programs of community service and common worship. Celebrating our diversity -- working together in unity! We welcome all people to join us in an adventure that puts feet on our faith.

With your generous support, the FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantry (at Emmanuel Baptist Church) and the "Breakfast Club" (at Westminster Presbyterian Church), our staff and volunteers have made the acquaintance of some of the neediest persons in our neighborhoods. Crises come knocking at our doors every day of the week, involving food, housing, clothing and legal and medical needs, as well as spiritual direction and counseling. Thanks to you, we can respond personally and make referrals to appropriate agencies and resources.

Probably like you, FOCUS Churches believes that mercy and justice go hand-in-hand. We work for the day when food pantries and soup kitchens are no longer needed. With your support we will continue to reach out to those most affected: the homeless, the food insecure, minimum wage...

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