Farmers encouraged to donate to relief effort
PLATTSBURGH — As the devastation from Hurricane Sandy continues to unfold, the need for fresh food is a priority for the thousands of victims directly impacted by the massive storm. Relief efforts are unfolding, and New York Farm Bureau members who are able to donate are encouraged to do so.
NYFB is in touch with City Harvest in New York City, which is helping coordinate relief activities, and food is badly needed. However, because of the logistical challenges, large donations are being handled on a case-by-case basis. For information on how to donate, contact Kyle Clifford, City Harvest food sourcing senior manager, at (646) 282-6213 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Island Harvest is also accepting donations. Because of minimal storage and distribution capacity due to power outages, they cannot accept fresh produce. However, they can receive packaged, nonperishable foods. The contact person is Migdalia Otero. Her cell is (516) 294-8528 or she can also be reached by email at email@example.com.
The New York State Emergency Operations Center is coordinating large food donations as well. The contact is Bob Addis. He may be reached at (518) 292-2879 or (518) 292-2867.
“Many of our farmers, who experienced Irene and Lee last year, know first-hand the hardships that follow a devastating storm. By nature, farmers are a generous bunch, and we encourage all of our members to give what they can to the relief effort. So many people came to our aid last year, and we will do our best to repay the generosity,” said Dean Norton, NYFB President.
In addition to the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, New York Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers program also has a long relationship with the Food Bank Association of New York State. Last year alone, farmer donations reached nearly six million pounds and were distributed to the 10 New York State Feeding America food banks.