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Feed Albany hires first head chef, names new board members

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ALBANY — Feed Albany, a relief program born in the days after the pandemic started that has provided more than 500,000 meals in 14 months, has hired its first full-time head chef as it prepares to move into a dedicated kitchen space of its own. Food previously was made by chefs donating their services in restaurant kitchens loaned to Feed Albany during down times a few day a week.

The new executive chef, Shannon Dowen-Ronda, previously worked for Bountiful Bread, Cardona’s Market, dp: An American Brasserie/Yono’s, Krause’s Homemade Candy, Mrs. London’s and others. A graduate of the SUNY Schenectady culinary program, she is also co-owner of the new bagel-focused bakery Nyx in Albany.

“We’re thrilled to have Shannon on our team as we look to move Feed Albany to its next chapter,” Francesca Pardi, executive director of Feed Albany, said in a statement. She said, “Her diverse experience working in Capital Region kitchens will help us provide not only great-tasting but healthy meals to the individuals we serve.”

In late April, Feed Albany announced that it was developing a dedicated commercial kitchen that will open later this spring in the city’s Sheridan Hollow neighborhood. The exact location has not been specified. A $50,000 fundraising campaign to pay for equipment and otherwise outfit the kitchen is underway, launched with a $25,000 challenge grant from Rick and Diana Ostroff of the Albany lobbying firm Ostroff Associates.

In other news from the nonprofit, Matthew Peter has been named board president of Feed Albany, succeeding his fellow co-founder Dominick Purnomo, co-owner of dp/Yono’s. Peter is also executive director of the Albany Parking Authority and an Albany County legislator.

Further, Feed Albany named six new board members, including Sonya del Peral, general manager of Nine Pin Ciderworks in Albany; Don Applyrs, director of program development and community initiatives for the state Department of Labor; and Robert Ward, former New York deputy state comptroller. Del Peral was also as the board’s vice president and secretary.

Pardi said, “We’re excited to expand our board with six new members who will bring a diverse expertise and insight to our work.”

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2021-05-17 12:15:50

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