ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation will celebrate National Donut Day by announcing nearly $40,000 in grants to help five hunger relief organizations in the Capital Region. The groups work to provide nutritious meals to children.

The funding is part of the $1 million in emergency hunger relief grants made available to non-profits in March, bringing the total amount of Foundation grants awarded to battle hunger during the pandemic to $3.25 million.

The following hunger relief organizations received funding as part of the donation:

  • $10,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area: The grant will support the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area’s traditional meal program and a no-contact, mobile meal delivery service which provides free breakfast and lunch to low-income houses and apartments throughout Albany and Rensselaer Counties. In 2020, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area meal programs served more than 460,000 meals throughout the community.
  • $10,000 to Shenendehowa Bountiful Backpack Program: The donation will allow the Shenendehowa Bountiful Backpack Program to support current and future students within the district. The Bountiful Backpack program currently provides 280 students in the school district with backpacks full of food on the weekends when other resources may not be available. The nutritious food items are purchased through the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and then organized, packed and distributed on a weekly basis by community organizations and numerous dedicated volunteers.
  • $7,000 to Watervliet Civic Center: The grant funding will support the Watervliet Civic Center Food is Fuel program which provides a bag of healthy and nutritious food for youth to take home during the weekend when there is no other food program in place. The Watervliet Civic Center Food is Fuel program will be offered each day during the summer months when school is no longer in session.
  • $5,000 to Mount Ida Community Food Pantry: The donation will be used to purchase nutritious food, produce, milk and eggs for the food pantry which supports numerous families in the city of Troy. The funding will also be used to support a summer meals program for children to make sure they receive healthy and easy to prepare meal items when they are out of school during the summer.
  • $5,000 to Victory Church: The grant will be used to support the Victory Church feeding center which has been supporting children in the inner-city of Albany for more than 20 years. Victory Church will also use the money to purchase food and supplies to help provide emergency food pantry services to those in need in the community.

The grant announcement comes two days before National Donut Day, June 4, which Dunkin’ will celebrate in the Capital Region with a free donut offer for its loyal guests. On Friday, Dunkin’ will offer guests a free classic donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage at participating restaurants, while supplies last.