ALBANY – At Monday’s daily Coronavirus briefing, New York State Governor Cuomo says there will be $25 million in emergency funding going to food banks across the state.
He is also asking any philanthropists that can donate funding to contact the governor’s office at COVIDPhilantropies@Exec.ny.gov.
Food banks across New York State have seen a surge in demand. Here is a breakdown by region:
- 40-60% increase across Upstate New York
- 40% increase on Long Island
- 100% increase in New York City
- 200% increase in Westchester
Cuomo also announced the creation of the Nourish New York Initiative, which will purchase food and products from upstate farms and direct those products to food banks across New York State.
The state is also partnering with companies like Cabot, Chobani, and Upstate Niagara, as well as the Dairy Famers of America, to purchase excess milk and dairy products, like cheese, and then give those products to the state’s food banks.