WATERTOWN, NY (WWTI) – Governor Hochul on Saturday signed legislation making the Nourish New York program permanent state law. The signing comes just before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Nourish New York redirects the state’s surplus agricultural produce to the people who need it most through state food banks. Food banks buy these products from New York farmers and food processors, providing support to producers who have lost markets as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented hardship to so many New Yorkers and made things worse for those who were already struggling,” Governor Hochul said. “The implementation of the Nourish NY program has been a huge success in helping those facing food insecurity while benefiting New York farms. As we prepare to celebrate the holidays, I am proud to sign this legislation to ensure that our state will continue to fight hunger and provide for those in need.
State food banks have purchased more than 35 million pounds of New York food products in the first three cycles of Nourish New York, providing nearly 30 million meals to New Yorkers in need. On Saturday, state food banks purchased nearly 7 million pounds of food in the initiative’s fourth cycle, creating more than five million meals for households in need.
Since its launch in May 2020, $85 million has been committed to Nourish NY, positively impacting 4,178 businesses statewide. Farmers, vendors and processors in New York are encouraged to share details about their available products, such as produce, meat, eggs, seafood and dairy, so that food banks everywhere state can find agricultural food products from New York to buy and distribute to communities. in need.
“Nourish NY has served as a critical pipeline to get food from our farms to people in need during the pandemic, especially when there have been severe supply chain disruptions,” said the New York President. Farm Bureau, David Fisher. “Governor Hochul’s action today makes the program a permanent fixture in New York State. Nourish NY will continue to help farmers cover the costs of harvesting, packing and transporting fruits, vegetables, dairy products and more while making sure all New Yorkers can put food on their tables. It’s important that we continue to work together to strengthen New York’s agriculture and our local food system, so that we have the ability to feed ourselves long after the pandemic is over.
New York farmers and suppliers interested in sharing surplus produce can do so online. All produce must be grown in New York, available at competitive wholesale prices, and available by truck. Condiments and sweeteners are not eligible.
Food banks interested in buying food can search the state website by county, food type, shipping preference and more. Supplier details are available, along with the dates the products are available and can be shipped.