More food to be donated

Published Dec 10, 2017 at 9:00am

New York farmers have announced a major food donation event. New York Farm Bureau members along with the Food Bank Association of New York State announced that farmers from across the state donated nine million pounds of fresh food and farm products this year through the month of November.

That translates to more than seven million meals being provided to New Yorkers in need. And with a month to go in the donation effort and additional reporting anticipated from food banks, the large number is expected to climb. In addition, the New York Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee gave a $500 contribution to the Food Bank Association of New York State.

The food is collected through the Harvest for All donation program, a nationwide annual farm donation partnership linking Farm Bureau and Feeding America in each state. Beginning next year, farmer donations will qualify for a small tax credit of up to $5,000 of the price of donated food to offset a portion of the costs to pick, package and deliver the fresh produce to regional food banks and pantries.

For more specific information on local food donation projects, contact your regional food bank.