NY farms and elected officials distribute food

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CORONA, Queens – Lines run around the block and down the boulevard.

For the second consecutive Friday, hundreds of people have gathered to receive food, which is being distributed in a new partnership.

State Senator Jessica Ramos (D-Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights) helped connect with New York State farms.

Farms donated more than 30,000 pounds of food. The program also uses the state’s new $ 25 million program called “Nourish New York”, which in turn compensates food producers.

The New York Food Bank and a local pantry, Elmcor, are also involved.

Other sites include the First Baptist Church, St. Leo’s Church, Corona Christian Church, Young Urban Moms, and other local partners. A hot meal distribution also takes place on Saturday at 11 am outside State Senator Ramos’ district office at 32-37 Junction Blvd in East Elmhurst.

“This crisis has taken its toll on our district and making sure none of our neighbors go hungry is one of my top priorities. It is equally important to me that our operations are also able to survive this crisis and have the means to buy food from their own plates, “said Senator Jessica Ramos.

Every Friday and Saturday, events continue while supplies last. They estimate that each Friday, 700 people picked up fresh produce and milk. Over 600 hot meals were prepared last Saturday, which also helps support street vendors in the neighborhood. They plan to continue for the foreseeable future.

“Events like this at the New York Food Bank are a vital link between our families, our food banks and our farmers. We are proud that Governor Cuomo’s Nourish NY initiative is bringing New York products to those who need them most during this difficult time, while supporting our farmers and producers, “said the Commissioner of State for agriculture, Richard Ball.

These donations were provided:

  • 5,600 pounds of yogurt, Upstate Farms (Buffalo, N.Y.)
  • 800 gallons of milk, Dairy Farmers of America (Syracuse, N.Y.)
  • 6,200 pounds of apples, Crist Brothers Orchard (Walden, N.Y.)
  • 8,000 pounds of cabbage, 6,000 pounds of potatoes, 240 pounds of onions Torrey Farms (Elba, N.Y.)

“Normally every week our trucks load and transport our products to the east coast to the market, but this pandemic has changed the way we operate. Having the opportunity to put our team, resources and most importantly our products to use to make sure others have food to eat in this time of need is extremely rewarding, ”said Maureen Torrey of Torrey Farms in Elba.

“When people think of New York, they think of the apple. In this time of uncertainty, we hope that these locally grown apples represent not only nutritional value, but most importantly the support we send to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, “said Joy Crist, of Crist Brothers Orchards in Walden. .

“The launch of the Nourish New York Initiative will connect nutritious dairy products from northern farms to families in New York in need. Our New York dairy farmers are essential and have continued to produce high quality milk, despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their businesses, “said John Dickinson, of Ideal Dairy, President of NEDPA and member of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).



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