WHAT: As part of Governor Cuomo’s Nourish New York initiative, Foodlink is hosting a food distribution of New York agricultural products to help people in need of assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Through Nourish New York, Foodlink has purchased apples, cabbage, and dairy products for tomorrow’s distribution that will reach approximately 400 families and support local farmers. Since the launch of the program, Foodlink has purchased more than 70,000 pounds of surplus dairy products and nearly 80,000 pounds of produce from New York farmers.
WHEN: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2020
Interview opportunities 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE: Foodlink, 1999 Mt. Read Blvd., Rochester, NY 14615
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 to 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 the Finger Lakes) to the populations who need them through the state’s food banks. Because the state’s food banks are buying agricultural products from New York farmers and processors, the Nourish New York program also provides much-needed support for the food producers and farmers who have lost markets as a result of school and restaurant closures.
Foodlink has seen a 41% increase in need for food from a year ago, distributing approximately 4 million pounds of food from March 16 to date.
WHO: New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Deputy Commissioner Dave Valesky
Foodlink President Julia Tedesco
Chad Kirby, co-owner, Kirby’s Farm Market (apples supplier)