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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Fresh produce organization Capital Roots expands to Schenectady County

Capital Roots, which delivers fresh produce to locations around the capital region, added three new delivery sites in Schenectady County to its operation.

The delivery vehicle will bring fresh produce to Mont Pleasant Commons Senior Housing, Edison Senior Housing and Holy Manor.

“We are delighted that we are able to serve more members of the community and provide access to low-cost food in their neighborhoods,” said Amy Klein, CEO of Capital Roots. “The response to each new location we open reflects the need for us to continue and expand our efforts. It remains a unique and well-received program.”

Capital Roots Mobile Markets, which launched in 2007 alongside its Veggie Mobile, added a smaller companion delivery vehicle, Sprout, in 2011. Delivery sites are located in urban areas where residents may lack access to healthy and organic food. each week, Mobile market vehicles make more than 30 stops Monday through Saturday, delivering produce to health centers, senior housing and low-income housing areas.

This latest expansion also includes a partnership with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) in Albany, which provides its customers with vouchers for making purchases at any of Capital Routes mobile markets.

“I’m very excited for this partnership,” Klein said. “It gives them [USCRI] An opportunity for your customers to use fresh fruits or vegetables and buy what they want. They are not limited in their choices and it is so important that people get culturally appropriate food. “

The Capital Roots food selection constantly rotates to provide in-season food. However, staple foods and vegetables will always be available for purchase.

The charity organization said federal programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program have increased by more than 25% since the pandemic, and Capital Roots’ mobile markets are experiencing a surge of community members seeking quality nutrition.

“With the advent of the pandemic, more people are moving to Capital Routes locations,” Klein said. “We are facing demand everywhere. We serve a vulnerable population, now more people are given access to the food they need. “

Capital Roots was founded in Troy in 1975 by Dean Leith. Originally named the Capital District Community Garden, Leith created eight community gardens to teach families how to grow their own food. In December of 2014, the Capital District Community Gardens rebranded as Capital Roots upon the opening of its new headquarters and Urban Grow Center. Klein is dedicated to keeping Leith’s intention alive in the service of local communities.

“Our message hasn’t changed, we’re continuing to expand what we bring to it. The whole point is to create accessibility for people who are infirm, can’t travel, or lack the means to get fresh food.” We are committed to keeping everything affordable and helping those in need,” Klein said.

For more information, visit https://www.capitalroots.org/veggie-mobile/

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