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First Niagara Supports UnityHouse Food Pantry

First Niagara Financial Group has made a $5,000 donation to Unity House, providing an early start to the organization’s 2013 Hunger Appeal, which supplies groceries for Thanksgiving and December holiday dinner baskets to approximately 1,000 families in need.


“Unity House is committed to making sure individuals and families in need don’t go hungry,” said Chris Burke, Unity House chief executive officer. “We are grateful that First Niagara is once again leading our efforts to assist these families during the holiday season.”


“First Niagara is proud to partner with Unity House of Troy’s 2013 Hunger Appeal,” said First Niagara Eastern New York Market Leader Nina Tyzik.  “Unity House is an outstanding organization committed to an important cause.  We are very happy to be able to contribute to such a critical need for the Capital Region.”


                The Unity House Food Pantry is stocked year round thanks to a government-supported partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and private philanthropic contributions.

“Our food pantry is the largest in Rensselaer County and the only one open five days a week,” said Burke.  “We meet people at a crisis point in their lives and not only provide food, but also an opportunity to build connections with programs and services that help them over the long term.”


In addition, in 2012 the Bethany Hospitality Center merged with Unity House.  Called Bethany@Unity, this community meals program and resource center serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week. While construction of Unity House’s new facility “The Front Door,” takes place, Bethany@Unity is currently located in St. Paul’s Church at State and Third streets in downtown Troy. It will move to the new location at Sixth Avenue and the Hoosick Street bridge when it opens in fall 2013.


“Thanks to First Niagara’s generous donation, Unity House will again this year be able to ensure that families in our community will not go to bed hungry during the holiday season,” said Burke. “We are truly grateful for their generosity to Unity House over the past 10 years.”

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