NY farms, food banks join forces to feed rising demand while saving food from going to waste

Since the coronavirus outbreak began, food banks have worked around the clock to feed the growing need.

News 12 Staff

May 18, 2020, 6:56 PM

Updated 1,462 days ago

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Since the coronavirus outbreak began, food banks have worked around the clock to feed the growing need.
To help fill the demand, the state launched Nourish New York. The program provided food banks with an additional $25 million of funding in early May, but the food needed to be purchased from New York farms, which are struggling as major clientele like schools and restaurants remain closed.
"We're able to connect with New York state farmers and producers to purchase product directly from the and have it for our food bank and others across the state," says Joanne Dwyer, director of food industry relations for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
So far, the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley is getting eggs from Sullivan County, oranges from Orange County and apples from Hudson River Fruit in Ulster County.
Since the program started in the beginning of the month, River Head Fruit has shipped truckloads of apples to five different food banks.
"If anything, the pandemic has taught us to be self-sustainable and support your neighbor and this is a really good example of that," says Albinder Camac, of Hudson River Fruit.
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