Farmers donate to regional food banks
ALBANY — New York Farm Bureau members along with the Feeding America New York State Food Banks are once again showcasing their partnership.
The giving nature of the agricultural community is demonstrated with this year’s total of almost 8.4 million pounds of food donated by New York Farm Bureau members. In addition, NYFB also handed cash donations from nine county Farm Bureaus within the Food Bank of Central New York’s 11-county geographic area. Members and agricultural partners give as part of a yearlong effort to feed the hungry across the state.
The food is collected through the Harvest for All donation program, a nationwide annual farm donation partnership linking the Farm Bureau and Feeding America in each state. With a few weeks left in 2013, it is expected that the farmer food donations will climb even higher. Since the program began 10 years ago, New York farmers routinely rank at the top of the list among states for their generosity.
In New York, NYFB’s Young Farmers Committee and the Food Bank Association of New York State administer the statewide donation partnership. Under the project, NYFB members donated excess farm products to the 10 New York State Feeding America food banks located across the state.
“We work every day so people in our communities and around the world have enough food to eat, and events like this one today help to provide access to healthy, local food to those who may be going through difficult times,” said Dean Norton, president of New York Farm Bureau.