Governor Kathy Hochul announced over $40 million has been awarded to 102 food service organizations across the state through the New York Food for New York Families program.
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The program, funded through a United States Department of Agriculture grant, aims to provide a boost to New York farmers, increase communities’ access to local foods, and further strengthen New York’s food system.
This initiative continues Governor Hochul’s commitment to supporting New York’s agricultural industry and increasing the resilience of the state’s food supply chain.
Grant funds were awarded to a diverse group of 102 organizations across the state, including food banks and pantries, schools and universities, farm collectives, medical centers, and a variety of non-profit organizations, to implement projects that purchase New York grown food products and distribute them to underserved communities.
It also provides technical assistance to help growers sell into the New York Food for New York Families program. Food purchases will support local farmers, including traditionally disadvantaged farmers, help producers access new markets, fill gaps in the supply and distribution chain, and increase access of underserved communities to local food.
26 projects were awarded between $200,000 and $2,000,000 for a total of $37.3 million. The awards are:
Buffalo City School District (Western New York), $2,000,000
The Campaign Against Hunger (New York City), $2,000,000
Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Putnam County (New York City), $2,000,000
Council on the Environment Inc. (New York City), $2,000,000
FeedMore Western New York (Western New York), $2,000,000
Food Bank of Central New York (Central New York), $2,000,000
Food Bank For New York City (New York City), $2,000,000
Island Harvest LTD (Long Island), $2,000,000
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York Inc. (Capital Region/Mid-Hudson), $2,000,000
Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty (New York City), $2,000,000
RiseBoro Community Partnership Inc. (New York City), $2,000,000
Skyline Charitable Foundation (New York City), $2,000,000
New York Common Pantry (New York City), $1,991,244
Food Bank Association Of New York State (Capital Region/Statewide), $1,985,703
Institute for Community Equity & Sharing (New York City), $1,877,586
Cornell University (Southern Tier), $1,647,262
United Way of New York City (New York City), $822,395
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (Western New York), $800,000
Infinity Educational Special Programs Corp (New York City/ Long Island/ Statewide), $750,000
Saranac Lake Rotary Foundation Inc. (North Country), $731,085
Foodlink Inc. (Finger Lakes), $703,934
Feeding Westchester (Mid-Hudson), $609,057
Capital Roots Inc. (Capital Region), $500,000
BronxWorks Inc. (New York City), $450,000
AdkAction (North Country), $238,761
Comfort Food of Washington County (Capital Region), $217,500
n addition, 76 organizations were awarded between $10,000 and $50,000 for a total of $3.6 million. ■