$1.5 million for 'Feeding New York State' to assist food insecure New Yorkers and farmers
Topics: NEW YORK FOOD FARMERS
This funding, made available through the State's Environmental Protection Fund, is in response to the increased need for food bank services due to the economic and public health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, and also supports the State's ongoing efforts to prevent food waste.
The funding announced will enable Feeding New York State to increase the amount of shelf-stable milk processed and distributed to the regional food banks by an estimated 900,000 gallons; and source and transport approximately 6.7 million pounds of quality, New York grown produce to regional food banks.
Coronavirus is having devastating effects on New York's food donation and distribution system.
Feeding New York State's network of 10 regional food banks are experiencing increased demand for food from 40 to 200 percent.
In addition to this increase in customer demand, food banks are dealing with significant backlogs on food purchases that typically supplement donations.
Simultaneously, New York farmers and dairy processors lost markets for dairy and produce sales, resulting in wasted food and milk.
This funding will provide food banks and farmers the needed additional logistics and transportation support to distribute food to people in need. ■