New York Farm Bureau President Dean Norton says their “Harvest for All” program is at it’s peak… in fact, the effort has had its best year yet.” According to the farm bureau, farmers across the state in 2013 gave nearly 9.3 million pounds of food to regional food banks including those in upstate, New York City, and Long Island. This is the largest number to date since the program began a decade ago.
President Norton continued by saying “The effort displays the heartfelt generosity of the farm community in this state that consistently steps up to the plate to help those in need.” The partnership with the Food Bank Association is one that works to get healthy food from the fields and orchards and into the homes of low-income New Yorkers. I congratulate all those involved for having another successful year.”
The food is collected through the “Harvest for All” donation program, a nationwide annual farm donation partnership linking the Farm Bureau and Feeding America in each state. In New York, NYFB’s Young Farmers Committee and the Food Bank Association of New York State administer the statewide donation partnership. Under the project, NYFB members donate excess farm products to the 10 New York State Feeding America food banks.
The 2013 amount placed New York as the third largest contributor in the country behind only farmers in Florida and California who have longer growing seasons.
Nicole Rawleigh, NYFB Young Farmer Committee Chair said, “I am very proud of our farmers’ record breaking effort this past year. The Young Farmer Committee volunteers at the regional food banks, and we have seen first-hand the difference this food makes in the lives of people in our communities.”