To help ensure families have access to free meals over the summer, Berlin CSD would like to share information about local summer food programs.

Eastwick Press Building in Grafton

Rensselaer County provides a free food program through the summer for those 18-years-old and under at the Eastwick Press building (former Grafton Elementary School) at the corner of NY Route 2 and Babcock Lake Road for the lunch and afternoon snack portion of the program.

The program runs Monday through Friday starting Monday, July 13. Free lunches can be picked up from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Snacks can be picked up between 1:30 and 2:00 p.m. as well as the lunch hour.

No documentation or proof of residency is required. There will be a well-marked drive up window where food will be handed out. The number of lunches available will equal the amount of children in the household.

For more information, contact Doug La Rocque at 518-491-1613.

Helping Hands and Food Pantries of the Capital Region

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Helping Hands of the Berlin Elementary School, the Berlin Fire Department and the Food Pantries for the Capital District have partnered to provide fresh produce to the community. All are welcome.

The program runs on Mondays from July 13 through August 31 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, please call 518-458-1167 or visit

Berlin Community Food Closet

The Berlin Community Food Closet provides food to the community on the third Tuesday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and the third Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 17 South Main Street.

Food is also available on an emergency basis by calling the church at 518-658-2942 or Dianne at 518-795-0509.

A special kid’s snack bag give away will take place Tuesday, July 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Families do not have to be food closet guests to receive the snack bags.

Stephentown Lunch Program

Monday and Wednesday from 10-11 at the Stephentown Library, 472 NY-43, Stephentown, NY, (518) 733-5750
You do not have to be a town resident and it is offered to anyone under 18 years old.

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Stephentown Food Pantry

1513 Garfield Rd.
Stephentown, NY 12168
Phone: 518-487-8606
Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Please Note: Also open by appointment


Grafton Area Food Pantry at Our Lady of the Snow

31 Owen Road, Cropseyville.
Julie Darling – 518-421-5070
Gloria Kieber – 518-892-6722