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Just how much NY farmers helped out food banks this year

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New York's biggest lobbying group for agriculture, the New York Farm Bureau, is holding its annual meeting in Syracuse this week. And they kicked off the session with an impressive announcement: Farmers across the state donated 8.4 million pounds of food to food banks this year.

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Zach Hirsch
Reporter and Producer

That is a lot of chow!

But it all wasn’t from a single donation to the food banks. If that were the case, the produce and dairy products would probably go sour.

8.4 million pounds is the total amount New York farmers gave food banks over the course of the past year. And it makes the bureau’s spokesman, Steve Ammerman, proud.

“Farmers are in the business to feed people," he said. "They take great care in wanting to provide healthy local food, and this goes a long way to getting food to the people who especially need it.”

Ammerman says the fact that New York farmers give so much to food banks is especially impressive, because of the unique challenges that come with growing food in this region.

“We’re not one of the largest agricultural producers for many fruits and vegetables. And we have a shorter growing season, so that really says a lot that our farmers step up to the plate to food on people’s plates, for the neediest New Yorkers,” he said.

The Farm Bureau has organized donations to food banks for about ten years. Ammerman says he expects this year to set a new donation record for farmers.

“We still have a month to go, so we’re hoping maybe we’ll hit 10 million pounds by the end of this year.”

The New York Farm Bureau is wrapping up its annual meeting this morning. 

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