New York Farmers Donated 8,028,541 Pounds of Food to New Yorkers in Need; 2nd Highest in Nation

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The American Farm Bureau Federation recognized New York Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) program for its efforts to donate more than eight million pounds of food to the regional food banks across the state last year.

Dan Egan, Executive Director of Feeding New York State, said, “New York’s food banks are so grateful to our farm partners for another fantastic year. It is remarkable that in a year marked by challenging weather and dominated by a historic pandemic, New York’s farmers continued their tradition of generous giving to our neighbors in need. We could not do our jobs if farmers did not do theirs. We at Feeding New York State thank you from the bottom of our hearts. ”

Chasing the Dream; Food Pantries and Food Banks

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Feeding NYS Executive Director Dan Egan is a guest on this episode of “Chasing the Dream.” The episode takes a look at the work that the Food Bank of the Southern Tier is doing, how food pantries are an integral part of a complex system to make sure that no family goes without food, and how COVID-19 has impacted those in need as well as the organizations working hard to help them.

Chancellor Malatras Expands SUNY for All Initiative

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State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras today announced the expansion of SUNY for All initiative by connecting more New Yorkers financially impacted by COVID and food insecurity with SUNY’s free Online Training Center. As part of the initiative, SUNY provides auto-enrollment of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits—expanded by Governor Andrew Cuomo last fall—for students in the Rochester area attending SUNY’s free Online Training Center, or the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center or Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking labs.

Chancellor Malatras also launched a partnership with Feeding New York to help approximately three million New Yorkers utilizing regional food banks, including Foodlink in Rochester, with a gateway to SUNY’s free Online Training Center.

Artie Carpenter Rides Across the Country for Feeding New York State

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Brooklynite Artie Carpenter wanted to do something big during his gap year. He decided to ride across the country and raise money for Feeding New York State. Artie started a Go-Fund Me and took off from Brooklyn Heights on September 2. He rode for 25 days until he dipped his bike tire in the Pacific Ocean at Stinson Beach, California (north of San Francisco) on September 26. 84 donors cheered Artie on to the tune of $15,000.

Feeding New York State Names Leslie Gordon as Board Chair

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Feeding New York State’s Board of Directors has elected Leslie Gordon as Chair of the Board. Feeding New York State is the membership organization of ten Feeding America food banks in NY state; Gordon is the President and CEO of the Food Bank For New York City, one of the nation’s largest food banks.

Times Union Editorial

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Feeding New York State is committed to nonpartisan advocacy to fight hunger in our state. No matter who is in office, we are committed to supporting public policy that helps reduce hunger and food insecurity, including our robust efforts to protect and improve the federal nutrition programs.