Healthy, Fresh Produce
Because they often find themselves with surplus or unmarketable produce, we partner with local farmers to provide this produce to families in need.
Thanks to an expanded tax credit, passed in 2018, there are more tax advantages to donating to the Food Bank or a local food pantry.
We accept all fresh produce….Depending on size of load and your location, we will arrange a pick up, delivery or connect you with a local food pantry partner in your community.
Need Help Picking?
We also recruit volunteers for our gleaning program—collecting leftover harvest that is donated by our farm partners. Getting involved is easy, just sign up to receive our glean alerts!
Healthy Harvest Fresh Produce Initiative
A few years ago, with support by a grant from The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, we launched an extra effort to purchase and provide more locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables to our neighbors in need served by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier during harvest season.
The program allows the Food Bank to purchase produce from local farmers, to distribute product while it is fresh and has the highest nutritional value, and to raise awareness among the local farm community of the need for food assistance. The program is expected to yield more than 165,000 pounds of local produce in its first year.
Local farmers participating in the Healthy Harvest program include:
• Addison Family Farms, Addison, NY
• Benton Berries, Penn Yan, NY
• Brennan Farm, Avoca, NY
• North Windsor Berries, Windsor, NY
• Reisinger’s Apple Country Farm, Watkins Glen, NY
• Stoney Ridge Orchard, Erin, NY
• Investment in local farms supports local, sustainable agriculture economy
• Increased awareness of the need for food assistance leads to increased produce donations
• 1/3 of our annual distribution is fresh produce
Expansion to National Produce Partnerships
The success of the program encouraged us to commit to providing as much fresh produce as possible throughout the entire year. While the emphasis remains on working with our local agricultural community as much as possible, we have extended our commitment to fresh fruit and vegetables beyond the local harvest season.