Food Produced in New York State to be Distributed by Food Bank of Central New York
Friday’s Distribution Launches Second Phase of Nourish NY Program
WHAT: As part of Governor Cuomo’s Nourish New York initiative,Food Bank of Central New York is hosting a drive-thru food distribution of New York agricultural products to help people in need of food assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic. This will be the first major distribution since Governor Cuomo’s announcement of an additional $10 million for the Nourish New York program. Commissioner of Agriculture Richard A. Ball will attend the distribution to mark the start of the second phase of Nourish New York. Through Nourish New York, Food Bank of Central New York has purchased more than $2 million in agricultural products from 38 New York farms and producers. This drive-thru distribution is expected to serve approximately 1,000 customers. Food to be distributed includes potatoes, squash, apples, onions, cabbage, tomatoes, milk, cheese, sour cream and yogurt from Tassone Farms, Emmi Farms, Chiavetta Farms, Mortallero Farms, Intergrow Farms, Apple Acres, Byrne Dairy and Chobani.
WHERE: Orange Lot, New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse
WHY: Amid an unprecedented surge in demand for food assistance across New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the state is providing $35 million for food banks and other emergency food providers. The Nourish New York initiative aims to quickly reroute New York’s surplus agricultural products to the populations who need them through the state’s food banks. The Nourish New York program also provides economic relief for the state’s food producers and farmers who have lost markets as a result of school and restaurant closures.
WHO: New York State Commissioner of Agriculture Richard A. Ball Food Bank of Central New York Executive Director Karen Belcher