Here's What's New at Capital Roots:

Squash Hunger: Year in Review

The Squash Hunger Program had a fantastic 2017, thanks to our amazing volunteers, donors and partners. We were able to collect and distribute more than 74,000 pounds of fresh produce — that’s the weight of a full-sized fire truck! All of the produce from the Squash Hunger program supplied our region’s food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters, many of which feed than 100 people three meals a day, every day. One hundred volunteers helped with these deliveries and with farm field gleanings. We are so fortunate to work with more than 30 farms, wholesalers, retail sites and farmers markets to ensure top quality fresh produce gets to emergency food providers and their clients.




Healthy Stores Update!


There are some great changes at the Ida Yarbrough convenient store in Albany. Capital Roots is excited to introduce a new, larger cooler to the store. Since 2011, Capital Roots and Ida Yarbrough have worked together to make fresh food convenient right in this Arbor Hill neighborhood. With this increased storage, we are looking forward to adding more healthy options for families to choose from. Ida Yarbrough is one of twenty locations in Capital Roots' Healthy Stores program, sponsored by our friends at MVP Health Care .





Capital Roots works with more than 80 local farms and small businesses. We love to showcase their products for all of the support they give us, and we have a lot of cool products to share! Featured on our Virtual Veggie Mobile® online marketplace, we have Mountain Winds Farm syrups, Gatherer's Gourmet Granola, Wellington Herbs and Spices, and Damn Good Foods Inc. jerky. These products are perfect for holiday fillers. You can pick them up right here at the Urban Grow Center or log onto the marketplace and order online. Products are selling fast so place your orders today!




Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail

Capital Roots is pleased to contribute a Bicycle Fix-It station to the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail as part of our Healthy Streets work. 

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy announced this addition to the trail as well as new sunscreen stations along the trail to keep riders safe and healthy. Capital Roots is proud to be a small part of this project along with Albany County, Mohawk Hudson Land ConservancyAlbany County Rail Trail volunteers and so many others.




Smart Vending


Capital Roots announced the launch of the Smart Vending program, a food access solution that provides the information and opportunities for Capital Region residents and employees to purchase healthier snack options on the go.


Capital Roots is partnering with three local healthy food-focused vending companies -- HealthyMe LivingNew Leaf Group, and Delicious Healthy Vending -- to implement our Smart Vending program. Through these partnerships, we are able to introduce healthier vending options to businesses and community-based organizations of all sizes. 

Our current Smart Vending locations include the Arbor Hill/West Hill and Howe branches of Albany Public Library as well as Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls, with more expected to be introduced throughout the year.

Many thanks to Albany City Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy and Albany Public Library Executive Director Scott Jarzombek for joining us at the announcement.

Contact Bekah at if you are interested in having Smart Vending at your business or organization.



Thank You CAP COM!


We had a surprise visit from our friends at CAP COM Federal Credit Union today as part of their 2017 CAP COM Cares tour. They donated brand new wheel barrows and new hoes for our outdoor programs. What a fantastic random act of kindness! Thank you to this great community partner for making our day.



Dean H. Leith Jr. Memorial Community Garden Ribbon-Cutting


Friends and staff gathered with the Leith family on Saturday, August 12, to celebrate the opening of Capital Roots' 52nd community garden, named in loving memory of our founder, Dean H. Leith Jr. Wonderful stories of Dean were shared as well as "Dean's List for Living". As Dean's wife Liz cut the ribbon, the crowd sang The Garden Song - one of Dean's favorites!


Following the event, at the Urban Grow Center, more stories and memories of Dean were shared. Dean's Legacy will live on through his family, friends and of course at Capital Roots.


We thank everyone for making this a truly special day for all!




Capital Roots' Produce Project Program