Harvest season is about over. All summer and fall farmers have been busy planting, picking, haying and chopping. No matter the form of farming – dairy, vegetable, orchard or otherwise – the past six months have been very busy. However, now that the days are shorter and the weather is cooler, life has begun to focus more on indoor rather than outdoor priorities. For New York Farm Bureau, October was County Annual Meeting season, November will be policy review, and December will bring the State Annual Meeting in Albany.
I’d like to ask New York Farm Bureau members to take a moment to consider one last act before they park their farm equipment for the winter – donation of any product that is not marketable, but still good for use. New York Farm Bureau and food banks across the state have worked hard all year to bring in farm fresh donations. Food banks distribute fresh produce, milk, meat and eggs to hungry people in communities large and small, urban and rural.
Your donations have a direct impact on the communities in which you live…but they also make a national impact through Harvest for All.
Since 2003, American Farm Bureau Federation and Feeding America have partnered in the Harvest for All program. YF&R programs across the country work with Farm Bureau members and staff to raise food, funds and friends (volunteer hours) for their local food banks. NYFB members have been especially generous. Since the start of Harvest for All, you have donated over 23 million pounds to New York food banks, making New York farmers a leader on the national level. In 2011, NYFB took back the top spot in the country for pounds donated by members. Please help us stay number one.
Please consider donating excess, surplus or unmarketable produce to your local food bank (list below) between now and the State Annual Meeting and join us as we celebrate all that NYFB members have done to help those in need across the state. On Tuesday, December 4th at 10:00 am NYFB and the Food Bank Association of New York State will be hosting a media event at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, located just down the street from State Annual Meeting.
Your local food bank is happy to accept any size donation, from 5 bushels to 5 pallets. No matter the size or the means, your donations will greatly aid the food banks and the hungry they serve. And in Harvest for All, every pound counts!
Please go to www.foodbankassocnys.org and click on “Find a Food Bank” to find the food bank serving your county. The food banks will coordinate delivery/pick-up and provide growers with documentation for tax purposes. When donating, please note that you are a New York Farm Bureau member and would like your donation counted toward Harvest for All.
AlbanyRegional Food Bank of Northeastern New York 518.786.3691 or www.regionalfoodbank.net
BuffaloFood Bank of Western New York 716.852.1305 or www.foodbankwny.org
ElmiraFood Bank of the Southern Tier 607.796.6061 or www.foodbankst.org
Long IslandIsland Harvest 516.294.8528 or www.islandharvest.org Long Island Cares 631.582.3663 or www.licares.org
Newburgh AreaFood Bank of the Hudson Valley 845.534.5344 or www.foodbankofhudsonvalley.org
New York CityCity Harvest 917.351.8700 or www.cityharvest.org Food Bank for New York City 212.566.7855 or www.foodbanknyc.org
RochesterFoodlink 585.328.3380 or www.foodlinkny.org
SyracuseFood Bank of Central New York 315.437.1899 or www.foodbankcny.org
Westchester CountyFood Bank for Westchester 914.923.1100 or www.foodbankforwestchester.org