The Northeast Dairy Producers Association announced that farms and co-ops across Upstate New York have donated more than 34,000 pounds of milk, beef, fruit and vegetables to fellow New Yorkers in need.
In addition to the NY-sourced milk and food, packets of crayons and coloring books for kids have also been donated, and are available to families on Friday, May 1 at Senator Ramos’ district office in East Elmhurst, Queens.
These are the donations:
- 300 pounds of beef donated by La Casa De Leche Farm (Livingston County) and the Northeast Dairy Producers Association.
- 1,700 gallons of milk donated by Dairy Farmers of America.
- 20,000 apples equaling 5,700 pounds donated by Farm Fresh First, Inc., which markets NY apples from over 100 apple growers throughout the state.
- 14,000 pounds of onions, 8,000 pounds of potatoes and 4,000 pounds of cabbage donated by Torrey Farms, Inc. (Genesee County) and the New York State Vegetable Growers Association.
- 2,880 pounds of blueberry and vanilla parfait yogurt donated by Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc., a dairy cooperative located in Western NY.
- 575 packs of Prang Crayons made with soybean oil donated by the New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association, along with coloring books sponsored by New York dairy farmers and donated through American Dairy Association North East.
The donations of food, milk, crayons and coloring books will be available and distributed to families in need on Friday, May 1 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. A hot meal distribution will also take place on Saturday, May 2 at Senator Ramos’ office.
“We cannot have hungry families in New York City, and farmers upstate dumping their product because they cannot sell it. Together with our farmer partners, we created our own network, and we will convert our district office into a food distribution hub to provide our neighbors with fresh produce and meals,” said Senator Jessica Ramos.