COVID-19​ (Coronavirus) Updates

July 2020




Because we operate a regional food hub and a robust produce recovery and redistribution program, Capital Roots was awarded funding through Nourish New York, a COVID-19 aid program created by New York State. With the funds made available by this program, we are making weekly purchases of healthy food from local farm and food-based businesses, many of whom have supported our Squash Hunger program with donations and invitations to glean their fields. This purchased food is then distributed to area soup kitchens, pantries and shelters through our network of Squash Hunger volunteers in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Montgomery counties. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to support the local farm economy and our food assistance program partners. This is just one of our Essential Food Access Programs that is playing a critical role to healthy food access during COVID-19.



June 2020


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Capital Roots’ Squash Hunger Program provides Capital Region emergency feeding partners with thousands of pounds of high quality produce. One of our community partners, Tracie, Director of Albany’s South End Children’s Café writes “We love sharing fresh produce from Capital Roots with the children and families. Since the COVID pandemic, families have had an even more difficult time accessing affordable, healthy food. Having the opportunity to provide delicious, healthy produce from local farms thanks to Capital Roots is a true gift, and a gift that will keeps on giving as the children grow. Thank you Capital Roots and all who support this amazing agency. We look forward to our delivery each week and love having fresh produce for our families!”





May 2020


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April 2020




Community Gardens Update:  Our Spring Work Parties have been cancelled but our Community Gardens remain open.  We still have plots available across the Capital Region.  Visit the map of our gardens to see where to join.







Produce Market Update:  Our Urban Grow Center Market in Troy will be extending hours from 9:00AM to 5:30PM.  The organization has created these extended hours and established call-in ordering for anyone in the area, especially healthcare and emergency responders who need access to produce without exposing themselves or waiting in stores.  







 March 2020



Dear friends,


The past few weeks we’ve seen how challenging essential services have become for our neighbors. Grocery stores are near empty, yet still filled with crowds. The anxiety of leaving the home is at an all-time high, and so many of our partner businesses are feeling unsure about their futures. Here at Capital Roots, we are working around the clock to provide the services we have always provided while at the same time ensuring the safety of our constituents and our staff. I wanted to share with you what steps we are taking:


·        The Urban Grow Center Market remains open for produce sales. We have altered our processes to ensure the safety of our staff and neighbors, but the market remains open and stocked with fresh local food. We are here for you.  We encourage you to call ahead to place an order at 518-274-8685 and view our current Market Menu here:  


·        Inside the building we are taking every measure possible to ensure our staff and produce are safe. New sanitizing protocols, disinfecting stations, and a constant flow of good hygiene information are present across the organization, both for staff working within our building and staff working out in the community.


·        Our Mobile Markets will continue to be out in the community to provide services, but we are altering how we provide them to again maintain the safety of our staff and those utilizing the markets.


·        We have heard from many of our Healthy Stores partners that they remain open. We are working with them to ensure fresh food remains stocked on their shelves.

·        As of right now, we are formulating potential opportunities for our Produce Project students to remain engaged in their job readiness program, be it on the farm or from afar. Our students remain a key priority for us.


·        Our Community Gardens program is forging ahead though we are working with garden coordinators to reduce sizes of our spring work parties so that gardeners are able to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, but feel safe doing so. Our garden education classes, however, are canceled to avoid close contact between attendees.


·        Finally, we are encouraging everyone who is purchasing produce, be it through Capital Roots or by other means, to ensure you are washing your produce thoroughly before eating.



There is a lot of uncertainty out there right now, but we are doing our very best to remain a constant for our neighbors and partners who rely on us for essential services and business. Please bear with us as we iron out new procedures that may need to change as the COVID-19 situation changes.


And if it is within your means, please consider supporting our work at this challenging time. We want to ensure our doors can remain open for those in our community most at risk. And with your help, we know we can.


Stay safe and well,


Amy Klein


Chief Executive Officer 




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