A container full of red McIntosh apples.
May 11, 2020
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Buffalo, NY

MEDIA ADVISORY: New York State Produced Food to be Distributed by FeedMore WNY as part of Governor Cuomo’s Nourish NY Initiative

MEDIA ADVISORY: New York State Produced Food to be Distributed by FeedMore WNY as part of Governor Cuomo’s Nourish NY Initiative
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WHAT:          As part of Governor Cuomo’s Nourish New York initiative, FeedMore WNY is hosting a food distribution to help people in need of food assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Through Nourish New York, FeedMore WNY has purchased New York agricultural products to augment the distribution effort, which will be distributed to approximately 200 families.

 

Governor Cuomo’s Nourish New York initiative provides $25 million for food banks across the state to procure products produced in New York. Subsequent distributions of New York produced food will be held at sites across the region at locations and dates to be determined.

 

WHEN:         10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2020.
Interview opportunities 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.                         

 

WHERE:       New Covenant Tabernacle, 345 McConkey Dr., Buffalo, NY 14223.

 

WHY:            Amid an unprecedented surge in demand for food assistance across New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the state is providing $25 million for food banks and other emergency food providers. The Nourish New York initiative aims to quickly reroute New York’s surplus agricultural products (including products grown in Western NY) 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.

 

FeedMore WNY has seen more than a 40% increase in need for food from a year ago, distributing approximately 2.8 million pounds of food from March 16 to date.

WHO:            NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets Deputy Commissioner David Valesky
FeedMore WNY Chief Communications Officer Anne McKenna