'Cornival' Chefs' Challenge Raises $10,000 for The Food Pantries for the Capital District

ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tapping into the creativity of talented local chefs has once again paid off as the 2016 "Cornival" raised $10,000 for The Food Pantries for the Capital District.

The lunchtime chefs' challenge fundraiser, presented by CDPHP and SEFCU, featured tomato-themed dishes. Hundreds of attendees donated $10 to taste the creations and vote for their favorite. This year, Patroon Café at CDPHP won the People's Choice Award.

Attendees also donated 264 pounds of non-perishable food items and 437 diapers for The Food Pantries. In addition to the food, the event also featured games, prize drawings, and musical entertainment provided by local radio station WYJB 95.5FM.

We want to thank the following Capital Region establishments for donating their time and talents to this highly successful event:

  • 677 Prime/Mazzone Hospitality
  • Ama Cocina 
  • Campagna 
  • City Line Bar & Grill
  • Druthers Brewing Company 
  • Patroon Café at CDPHP
  • Sweet Mama Mia
  • The Legal Pantry
  • Yono's/dp Brasserie


Established in 1984, CDPHP is a physician-founded, member-focused and community-based not-for-profit health plan that offers high-quality affordable health insurance plans to members in 24 counties throughout New York. CDPHP is also on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram.


Established in 1934, today SEFCU is among the 50 largest credit unions in the U.S. with more than $3 billion in assets, over 330,000 members, and 47 branches in the Capital Region, Binghamton, Syracuse, and Buffalo. In addition to full service retail and commercial banking products and services, SEFCU is committed to supporting the community through the donation of time and talent of its staff and members, as well as monetary contributions to help people and make an impact in the communities it serves. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About The Food Pantries for the Capital District

Working together to feed the hungry in our community, The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a coalition of 56 food pantries located in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga counties. Annually, The Food Pantries helps fund, collect, and deliver more than 2 million pounds of food for our member pantries, which helps provide approximately 2.5 million meals. We also support our member pantries by providing service coordination, education, training, opportunities for networking, and infant needs and holiday meals programs. Established in 1979, The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a 501 (c) (3). For more information on our programs, or how you can help, please visit www.thefoodpantries.org.

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