Grassroot Givers aims to spark a love for books in children and adults across the Capital Region. We accept donations of beautiful, like-new books and put them back into the community through various programs, such as Albany Feed-and-Read and Little Free Library. Since our inception in 2011, we have given out over 500,000 books to Albany Public Schools, Books for Troops, Albany County Headstart and countless other organizations.
Little Free Library (LFL)
The Little Free Library Program focuses on giving access to books in places without local libraries, or schools that have dated or old books. We enlist the help of community members to build and maintain freestanding book boxes, where anyone can take or drop a book off. Here's a map of our LFLs in Albany.
HATAS's Feed-and-Read Backpack Program (FAR)
HATAS's FAR provides backpacks filled with food for 580 students every weekend during the school year. Starting in 2017, Grassroot Givers began adding one age-appropriate book to each backpack, resulting in 20,000 books per year for underserved students. The program provides critical support to hungry children in an effort to reduce absenteeism and to keep children on the right track.
FAR is organized by HATAS, with collaboration from the Regional Food Bank, Albany Fund for Education, and Grassroot Givers.