ALBANY — New York Farm Bureau members have donated roughly 8.4 million pounds of food to regional food banks this year.
The nine county farm bureaus also donated about $1,000 cash within the Food Bank of Central New York’s 11 county geographic area.
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.
Sharon Smith, the executive director of the Food Bank Association of New York, said in a news release because of the cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, demands on food banks are even greater and any assistance is appreciated.
“To date, New York state’s food banks have received over 8.3 million pounds of produce and farm products from our farmers and producers, which in turn provide over 6.9 million wholesome, nutritious meals,” she said.
In New York, the farm bureau’s Young Farmers Committee and the Food Bank Association of New York State administered the donation partnership, and under the project, members donated excess farm products to the 10 New York State Feeding America food banks located across the state.