Extension distributes all 1,200 boxes of produce today

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 May 2020 at 9:24 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: Peggy-Jo Gabalski carries a 20-pound box of produce to a vehicle today while it was raining during a food distribution at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds.

KNOWLESVILLE – The 1,200 boxes of produce were in demand today at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds.

The cars started to line up by 7 for a food distribution that was scheduled to start at 10. But with cars lined up on Wood Road and getting near Route 31, the distribution started early.

There was steady demand for the next several hours. At 3:50, the last box was set into a trunk and all 1,200 boxes were gone.

Staff and volunteers from the Cornell Cooperative Extension organized the event and provided the brawn, putting the boxes in trunks and in the back of trucks.

The distribution was a USDA farmers-to-families produce initiative. The boxes included 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). The cabbage, apples and onions all came from Orleans County farms.

James Desiderio Inc. of Buffalo served as the distributor of the produce.

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