Thousands of pounds of food have been donated by upstate New York farms to New York City through a partnership between the farms and state Sen. Jessica Ramos.
The donations include 1,700 gallons of milk provided by Dairy Farmers of America and 300 pounds of beef from La Casa De Leche Farm in Livingston County. Farm Fresh First, which handles marketing for more than 100 apple growers in New York, donated 20,000 apples.
Torrey Farms, which is based in Genesee County, gave 14,000 pounds of onions, 8,000 pounds of potatoes and 4,000 pounds of cabbage. Upstate Niagara Cooperative helped by sending 2,880 pounds of blueberry and vanilla yogurt parfait.
The donations also include coloring books and 575 packs of Prang Crayons made with soybean oil from the New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association.
The truck carrying the food left western New York on Wednesday. It stopped at Dean Foods in Rensselaer County to pick up the milk. The truck arrived in Queens on Thursday.
The donated milk, food, crayons and coloring books will be distributed to families at Ramos’ Queens office. The senator’s office will also host a hot meal distribution on Saturday.
Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an initiative to help food banks address rising demand and end milk dumping at dairy farms across the state. Farmers were dumping milk because of certain factors, including the lack of demand from restaurants and schools that have been affected by the pandemic. Limits on the purchase of dairy products at grocery stores also contributed to those decisions.