Farm Bureau donates more than 5.6 million pounds of food in N.Y.

Staff reports
Food collected through the ‘Harvest for All’ program goes into the state’s food banks.

New York Farm Bureau members recently delivered a record haul of food items to assist those in need this holiday season.

Recent donations brought the year-long total of food donated by farmers across the state to more than 5.6 million pounds.   With a few weeks left in the year, it is expected that farmer donations will exceed 5.8 million pounds.

“As we gather here in Binghamton to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Farm Bureau System it is especially important to continue the tradition of Farm Bureau support for our State’s Food Banks,” said New York Farm Bureau President, Dean Norton “Considering the fact that our economy continues to struggle and in spite of the fact that many of our members faced hardships themselves this year due to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, I am very proud of the generosity of our farmer members and their strong support of this program.”

Food is collected through the “Harvest for All” donation program.  “Harvest for All” is a nationwide annual farm donation partnership linking the Farm Bureau and Feeding America in each state.

The USDA annual report on “Household Food Security” states that 17.2 million households, or 14.5%, had difficulty putting enough food on the table in 2010.  Local food pantries and soup kitchens have seen increases ranging from 10-12%, if not higher.

 “The New York Farm Bureau remains a constant source of support for New York State food banks and the hunger-relief agencies we serve, helping those in need gain access to fresh, healthy, local food, Natasha Thompson, President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, said, in a prepared statement.  “Our partnership with the Farm Bureau is more important than ever with food insecurity at an all-time high. Each week, over 11,000 individuals visit a hunger-relief agency served by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.  We're grateful for the continued generosity of the Farm Bureau and their members."