Recap: Foodstock 8 at The Rustic Barn 11/6/2022 -By Amy Modesti
Written by Staff on November 8, 2022
What is one blessed to have in life? A plethora of fresh food to eat daily, new attire to
wear, a positive support system, an abundance of money, or basic needs to clean oneself?
Not everyone is fortunate to have essentials in check. According to Feeding America, in
Rensselaer County and its surrounding counties, over 89,000 people are food insecure, 25,000
of which are young children and infants. They don’t have the means to afford fresh food,
hygiene products, or provide baby formula to their infant. Where does one go to receive
assistance and combat food insecurity? The Food Pantries of the Capital District.
Sunday, November 6, Rustic Barn Pub, along with event host and advocate, Bob
Gamache, hosted Foodstock 8. Since its 2017 inception, Foodstock is held to raise awareness
about food insecurity and help feed the hungry in the Capital Region. And the eighth edition of
Sunday’s event was no different.
Event goers provided a suggested $10.00 donation and or a food/hygiene donation to
The Food Pantries of the Capital District at the door. According to Angie Weber, volunteer
coordinator, the contributions that came in filled up her entire vehicle. With high inflation,
individuals are finding it difficult to afford their needs and food pantries are having difficulty
keeping their stock up due to high food needs.
Foodstock 8 was six hours of peace, love of community, and live music. Musical acts,
Northern Borne, The Hilltown Ramblers, The Tyes, Soul Sky, Bob Barker Band, and The
Mushroom Men donated their time and musical expertise to help the hungry. Performing
everything from bluegrass, cover tunes, and originals to all musical genres, non-stop
entertainment, dancing, and fun was had for all involved.
To donate to The Food Pantries of the Capital District
Photos By: Amy Modesti
Additional Photos By: Tim Reidy