ALBANY, NY- Governor Kathy Hochul announced recently over $40 million has been awarded to 102 food service organizations across the state through the New York Food for New York Families program.
“Every New Yorker deserves access to fresh, healthy, and delicious local food that helps them feel their best, which is why we’re taking solid steps to strengthen our state’s food supply system,” she said.
“One of our priorities at the Department is increasing food security in our communities and developing a strong, local food supply chain right here at home," said New York State Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball.
"The funding from the New York Food for New York Families program will help local food organizations expand their impact on the farmers they support and the families they help feed. I’m grateful to Governor Hochul and our partners at USDA for helping us to continue our work putting more New York products onto tables in communities that need them most.”
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.
According to Governor Hochul’s Office, this initiative continues New York’s commitment to supporting New York’s agricultural industry and increasing the resilience of the state’s food supply chain.
Locally, the Food Bank of Central New York was awarded $2 million, while the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office of Oneida County received two $50,000 awards.
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