$25k Grant Helps Food Bank Buy Local, Fresh Produce

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For the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, there’s no better time to get receive a grant worth $25k from Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (123rd District). September is Hunger Action Month, and the food bank is continuing one of its many initiatives to bring local, healthier produce to the hungry. 

The food bank relies a lot on canned goods, and those are great. However, it’s no secret as to how much healthier fresh produce is rather than its canned counterpart. 

Buying not only fresh, but local produce is also a great way to support farmers. So far, all the produce purchased by the food bank has been produce all grown in New York State. 

And if there’s a relationship the food bank wants keep strong, its their relationships with local farmers. 

“They’re providing us with a good price on locally grown product, and then they’re also, at times, donating some of that product as well, so it really is a win win,” says Natasha Thompson, the CEO and President of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

“And it allows us to support local (agriculture), but also provide healthy nutritious foods to people in need.”

For more information on how you can help out the food bank during Hunger Action Month or any other time, visit this website: http://www.foodbankst.org/index.asp?pageId=113

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