ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – “Nourish New York”, a program put in place at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, will now be a permanent program managed by the state thanks to legislation that was passed this week. The initiative will continue to connect rural farmers with surplus produce to needy food banks statewide through a state-run purchasing program.
The bill was passed following a bipartisan effort with New York MP Catalina Cruz (D-Jackson Heights, Corona, Elmhurst), Senator Hinchey (SD-46) and Senator George Borello (SD -57) to make it permanent. Lawmakers say the program has helped support farmers statewide, while boosting food security for families in urban and rural areas.
Prominent member of the Assembly’s Agriculture Committee, MP Chris Tague (R, C, I-Schoharie) celebrates the passage of the legislation.
“Consolidating the Nourish New York program into law by passing this bill is great news for farmers, families and rural communities as a whole, and I am delighted that we were able to work across the country. the aisle to make this vital program permanent, ”Tague said.
However, Tague hopes to do even more to “connect the dots” between farmers and food banks by passing the “New York Initiative on Food Insecurity, Farm Resilience and Rural Poverty. Tague’s initiative would help food banks stock more meat and dairy products, while helping farmers improve their infrastructure and prompting them to open processing facilities across New York City.