TROY, NY (November 13, 2014) — Organizers of the Troy Turkey Trot, the region’s oldest Thanksgiving road race, have extended the event’s food drive benefiting the Regional Food Bank of NENY and Joseph’s House and Shelter.

DSC_0047Between 11/12-11/22, Capital Region residents can bring a non-perishable food item to The Hedley Building/Troy City Hall (Main Lobby: 433 River Street), The Atrium (4 Third Street) and USATF/Adirondack’s office (233 4th Street).

After 11/23, collection bins will be moved to The Atrium through race day. Donated goods will be gathered and brought to the Regional Food Bank of NENY, which provides 450,000 meals each week to 85,000 children and 13,000 seniors living in 23 counties in northeastern New York

“We want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to give to the less fortunate at this time of year,” said City of Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia.

“Extending the duration of this food drive will help boost the amount of non-perishable items received by the Regional Food Bank and Joseph’s House and Shelter, whose missions are to alleviate hunger and prevent homelessness respectively,” added Troy Turkey Trot Event Director George Regan.

According to Regional Food Bank Executive Director Mark Quandt, protein-based food items are always in demand at this time of year. This includes canned meat and fish, prepared meals like beef stew and chili. Also in need are nutritious cereals, as well as non-food items like paper goods and personal hygiene products.

DSC_0080Participants who would prefer to make a cash donation to the Regional Food Bank and/or Joseph’s House and Shelter can do so during online registration at TroyTurkeyTrot.com. Those not planning to participate in the event — but who would still like to make a donation — can do so directly off the Trot’s home page.

For more information, please visit TroyTurkeyTrot.com.

Event sponsors include: SportsSignUp, Pioneer Bank, Hannaford Supermarkets, Wm. J. Fagan & Sons, CDPHP, Garelick Farms, DeCrescente Distributing Company, Bryce Real Estate, and Caprara’s Auto Body Shop. Media partners include: WNYT-13, The Record, Lang Media and Albany Broadcasting.

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About the Troy Turkey Trot
Now in its 67th year, the Troy Turkey Trot is the nation’s 12th and world’s 64th oldest road race, as well as the 11th largest Turkey Trot in the nation. The event, which draws as many as 8,000 participants from 37 states and features a 5K, 10K, Grade School Mile and Turkey Walk, is designed to celebrate fitness, families and tradition against a backdrop of some of Troy’s most historic neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.TroyTurkeyTrot.com