1,200 boxes of produce will be given away Friday at Fairgrounds

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 May 2020 at 2:51 pm

KNOWLESVILLE – There will be 1,200 boxes of produce available to the community for free on Friday, with the distribution to start at 10 a.m. at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds on Route 31.

People should enter the east gate on Wood Road. The Cornell Cooperative Extension will be distributing the pavilion where the stage is located, next to the main education enter.

“You will not need to leave your car, just pop open a door or trunk and we will be put your box inside,” said Robert Batt, executive director of the Extension.

Each box weighs about 20 pounds. The USDA farmers-to-families produce boxes are expected to include potatoes (1-5 pounds), oranges (1-4 pounds), apples (1-3 pounds), onions (1-3 pounds), green vegetables (1-3 pounds of broccoli, cabbage, green pepper, etc.), and carrots (1-2 pounds).

This is a first come, first served opportunity and there are no pre-orders or deliveries available. The boxes are targeted for Orleans County residents and isn’t limited to families with children.

Distribution will begin at 10 a.m. and will end when all 1,200 boxes have been handed out.

The address for the fairgrounds is 12690 Rt. 31 in Albion (near Knowlesville).

“We are grateful for this opportunity to support the community and is thankful to the United States Department of Agriculture and James Desiderio Inc. of Buffalo for helping make this food distribution possible,” Batt said.

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