Resolution J1092-2013

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of The Charles Freihofer Baking Company



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 3, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the  100th  Anniversary  of  The
Charles Freihofer Baking Company

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated  efforts  of  those  busi-
nesses  and individuals that are devoted to the welfare of the community
and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS, It is also the sense of this Legislative  Body  to  recognize
and commend those who work to better their local community and work hard
to keep a local tradition alive; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  the  100th Anniversary of The Charles Freihofer Baking Company on
March 12, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, Several events have been planned to celebrate this  milestone
anniversary;   Albany   Mayor  Gerald  Jennings  unveiled  the  honorary
"Freihofer's Way" street sign located on Prospect Avenue,  the  home  of
Freihofer's bread and cake bakeries; in addition, "The More You Get, The
More  We  Give"  Campaign  (bread  giveaways),  will take place and free
loaves of bread  will  be  handed  out  at  planned  events  and  random
locations  to  all who attend; the amount of loaves that are distributed
will be donated to a previously determined food bank or  charity  within
that market, giving away up to 1,000 loaves per event, with approximate-
ly 40,000 loaves total to be donated by the end of 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  On  March  12,  1913,  The  Charles Freihofer Baking Company
opened its doors in Troy, New York; the baking company would leave  free
loaves  of  Freihofer's "Pan Bread" or "French Bread" on Troy residents'
doorsteps for four days; at the end of the four  day  period,  customers
could elect to have home delivery continue for five cents per loaf; and
  WHEREAS,  Two  weeks after opening, nature struck with torrential rain
and the Hudson River reached its highest mark since 1886;  while  people
were  stranded  without  food  and shelter, The Charles Freihofer Baking
Company distributed hundreds of loaves of bread  to  residents  of  Stow
Hill and the Eleventh Ward; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1914, a second plant was built in Schenectady, New York,
and a third was added in Albany, New York, one year later; and
  WHEREAS, In 1919, Freihofer's added a cake plant with the purchase  of
Schupp  Bread  Bakery and offered a different cake each day of the week;
  WHEREAS, Freihofer's traditional delivery system, a horse  and  wagon,
was  used  up  until 1962; home delivery in trucks ran through the early
1970s; and
  WHEREAS, The annual Freihofer's Run for Women 5K is one of the world's
largest and most prestigious all-female road races; the 35th anniversary
event will take place on June 1, 2013, featuring thousands of  women  of
all  ages  and  abilities who will compete alongside many of the world's
greatest long distance champions; and
  WHEREAS, The currently operating Albany locations were opened  in  the
mid 1970s; the Albany bread and cake plants employ more than 500 associ-
ates;  together,  the  two production facilities produce more than three
million units of bread, rolls, muffins, cereal bars and cookies each and
every week; and
  WHEREAS, Freihofer's has always worked to ensure consumers  have  easy
access  to  product  during good times and in times of need; the company
strives to keep delivery routes open during natural disasters, from  the

Troy  flood of 1913, through the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012,
to provide product for members in the community; and
  WHEREAS,  Freihofer's  continues  their dedication to the community of
Troy, Albany and Schenectady, as well as the  other  markets  throughout
the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  The Charles Freihofer Baking Company has remained dedicated,
even through hard times, to serving the community for the past  century;
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the practice of this Legislative Body that those who
enhance the well-being and vitality of their community and have shown  a
long  and  sustained  commitment to excellence certainly have earned the
recognition and applause of all the citizens of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate the 100th Anniversary of The Charles Freihofer Baking Compa-
ny; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Charles Freihofer Baking Company.


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