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Extension has distributed 167,000 pounds of food, valued at $200K

Photo courtesy of the Orleans County 4-H program: Volunteers are ready to put boxes of food in trunks of vehicles that are lined up in rain on Wednesday morning at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds in Knowlesville.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 July 2020 at 11:48 am

KNOWLESVILLE – The Cornell Cooperative Extension estimated is has given out more than $200,000 of food during five distributions since late May.

Robert Batt, the executive director of the Extension, estimates the organization has distributed 167,250 pounds of food. That includes 120,000 pounds of produce, 27,000 pounds of meat and 20,250 pounds of dairy.

The Extension has hosted the distributions on May 29, June 10, June  24, July 8 and July 22.

There are two more scheduled: Aug. 12 and Aug. 26. They start at 10 a.m. and continue until all 1,200 boxes of produce are gone. Many weeks have included additional boxes of dairy and meats.

Batt said the food is valued at $208,000 during the five distributions. The food is available through a USDA farmers-to-families produce initiative. James Desiderio Inc. of Buffalo serves as the distributor of the produce at the fairgrounds.

There have also been distributions on Fridays, alternating at sites in Albion, Holley and Medina. There will be one tomorrow in Albion at Community Action’s Main Street Store, 9:30 a.m. until gone. It may start sooner if the delivery trucks arrive before 9:30.

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