Eleventh Annual CDPHP® Holiday Appeal Raises $23K For The Regional Food Bank’s Backpack Program

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CDPHP® recently raised $23,000 during its eleventh annual holiday appeal to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York’s BackPack Program. With support from local businesses, the community, and campaigns like the CDPHP Holiday Appeal, the Backpack Program has expanded to now serve more than 341 students in 18 local schools in Albany, Columbia, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Warren counties.

CDPHP Holiday Appeal

The eleventh annual CDPHP Holiday Appeal raised $23,000 to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York’s BackPack Program.

“We are grateful to the businesses and the community-at-large who joined together with CDPHP and supported this very worthy cause that positively affects the lives of hundreds of local children,” said CDPHP president and CEO John D. Bennett, MD.

CDPHP® recently raised $23,000 during its eleventh annual holiday appeal to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York’s BackPack Program. With support from local businesses, the community, and campaigns like the CDPHP Holiday Appeal, the Backpack Program has expanded to now serve more than 341 students in 18 local schools in Albany, Columbia, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Warren counties.

“We are grateful to the businesses and the community-at-large who joined together with CDPHP and supported this very worthy cause that positively affects the lives of hundreds of local children,” said CDPHP president and CEO John D. Bennett, MD. “We are excited that with the help of our annual appeal, the Food Bank can continue to expand the important services provided by this program in the Capital Region.”

This year’s campaign was held during the month of December, with CDPHP matching business donations of $100 or more to the Food Bank’s BackPack Program (up to $5,000) and donating $5 for every new “like” on the Food Bank’s Facebook page (up to $5,000). A variety of organizations and community members generously supported the appeal, and the Facebook campaign resulted in 1,137 new “likes” on the Food Bank’s Facebook page.

“We are very grateful to everyone who supported the CDPHP Holiday Appeal this year, and want to thank CDPHP for its generous support of our BackPack program and for encouraging businesses and individuals in the community to do the same,” said Mark Quandt, executive director, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. “The support we received through the CDPHP Holiday Appeal will help many hungry children in our community.”

The Food Bank’s BackPack Program helps to curtail childhood hunger by providing needy children in kindergarten through six grade with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food at times when other resources are not available, such as on weekends. Bags of child-friendly food are discreetly placed into the children's backpacks on Friday afternoons.

Organizations that participated in the 2011 CDPHP annual holiday appeal include:

  • Adirondack Cabling, Inc.
  • Apollo Partners N.Y., Inc.
  • Digital X-Press
  • CapBen Consulting
  • Capital Bauer Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • CapitalCare Medical Group, LLC
  • The Chazen Companies
  • Friends of the Lake George Association
  • Kaatirondack Benefit Planning, Inc.
  • Northeast Small Business Group
  • NYS Department of Public Service, Finance & Budget, and Human Resources
  • NYS Teachers’ Retirement System
  • PEF Education Division 194
  • RPI Finance Department
  • SMS Media

About the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
The Regional Food Bank of NENY works to alleviate hunger by collecting large donations of food from the food industry and distributing it to charitable agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other programs serving hungry and disadvantaged people. In 2012, the Food Bank distributed more than 25 million pounds of food to over 1,000 charitable agencies in 23 counties in New York state. The Regional Food Bank is one of eight food banks in the state and is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. Visit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

About CDPHP®
Established in 1984 as a physician-founded, member-focused, and community-based not-for-profit health plan, CDPHP and its affiliates are uniquely positioned to serve as a model of quality and health value, offering members in 24 counties throughout New York a full array of innovative products. Visit CDPHP at http://www.cdphp.com or on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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