Growing minds and communities with fresh, healthy food.
According to Feeding America: Map the Meal Gap 2018, 10.4% of adults and 13.5% of children in the Capital Region are food insecure which means they lack access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. SEFCU is committed to not only meeting immediate food needs by making monetary donations (last year for our year end giving program $300,000 was donated to food pantries and rescue missions), but also investing in sustainable programs which will allow communities and organizations to provide food for those living right in their neighborhoods.
In 2018, SEFCU launched a bold initiative to attack hunger at its root and brought a Freight Farm (a 40 foot hydroponic self-contained growing container) for our location at Patroon Creek. Our plan was to prove the concept that anyone, anywhere can grow healthy leafy greens 24/7/365 regardless of climate, and boy, did we grow lettuce! Our SEFCU farmers have been able to produce approximately 760 heads of organic lettuce, leafy greens, and herbs to supply our own employee café and various non-profit organizations in our community.