Linking Farmers with Food Banks During COVID-19 – River | Instant News

This is a collection of coronavirus news and announcements from the State of New York and Hudson Valley and county Catskills published on Tuesday, June 2. Produced in collaboration with Other Hudson Valley.

By Katie Navarra

In mid-March, 80 percent of Danny Brey’s business vanished when Governor Andrew Cuomo imposed New York State in PAUSE. Brey’s Eggs based in Jeffersonville supplies 60,000 dozen eggs to restaurants and restaurant suppliers every week. Chickens do not stop laying when a closure in the entire state is institutionalized. That left Brey with no place to sell her eggs.

Dairy farmers are in a similar situation. A milk processing factory that cannot change the bottling path from commercial to retail packaging tells farmers to dump raw milk products. Famers are not paid for eggs that cannot be sold to restaurants or milk that is poured into sewers. At the same time, demand for food banks is soaring because New Yorkers who have lost their jobs need help.

“Our distribution has gone up 55 percent since March 16,” said Joanne Dwyer, director of the food industry relations and business development representative of the Northeastern Regional Food Bank of New York, which includes Cornwall.

In 2019, the Northeastern Regional Food Bank of New York provided 43.1 pounds of food for families in need. Since March, demand has jumped to one million pounds every week. On May 2, 2020 Governor Cuomo announced Maintaining New York, a $ 25 million program to help bridge the gap between farmers with ready-to-consume products and urgently needed food banks.

“It came at an important time for our business and helped prop up a number of products that we had nowhere to sell,” Brey said. “While we supply eggs to food banks, it helps people who lack food.”

With these funds, food banks can buy fresh agricultural products from New York to fill their shelves. Eligible products include meat, eggs, concoction grape juice, stable items on the shelf, fruits, vegetables, seafood, and more. The Capital Territory / Hudson Valley (which covers parts of the Northern State and Mohawk Valley) received $ 4,357,115 from the New York Nourish initiative, which allowed local food banks to buy food from New York farmers.

So far, the Northeastern Regional Food Bank of New York has bought 600,000 pounds of New York State’s stable milk, egg, production and rack products with these funds, according to Dwyer.

“Farmers have always been big donors, but to be able to buy from them at this level is extraordinary,” he said.

Alisha Albinder, operations manager of the Hudson River Fruit Distributor in Milton, said the family-run business is regularly donated to the food bank. Now the New York Nourish initiative allows it to provide better and avoid surpluses from the transition from industry to retail outlets.

“This helps farmers find markets for their products aimed at markets, restaurants and institutions,” Albinder said.

“Nourish New York will be a source of life for our families and our farmers who have struggled with the changes brought about by COVID-19,” State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said in a press statement announcing the initiative. “The agricultural industry continues to give back to the people of New York during this time; however, they have seen enormous financial losses as a result of lost markets, such as schools and restaurants. “

The rate of active cases per 10,000 population, taken from the latest regional data. Active case data not available for Rockland and Orange countries.

373,040 confirmed cases (1,329 new)
2,167,831 tests were conducted (54,054 new)
24,023 deaths (64 new)
89,861 hospitalizations (overall)
3,121 hospitalizations (current)
907 ICU admissions
New York State coronavirus page
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New hospitalizations for COVID-19 have barely been seen since the earliest days of the pandemic in New York State: an average of three days 154, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in Tuesday’s briefing. At its peak, the average of three days for new COVID-19 hospitalizations per day peaked at more than 3,000 in early April, according to data from one of Cuomo’s PowerPoint slides.

West New York entered Phase Two of the economic reopening on Tuesday, and the Capital Territory is scheduled to start Wednesday. The five regions that started the first Phase One on May 15 already look forward to the start of Phase Three, which will allow it to reopening the restaurant. If the phase continues in a two-week increase without delay, the South Tier, the Mohawk Valley, Finger Lakes, Central New York, and the North Country will enter Phase Three on Friday, June 12.

For the first time since 9/11, that is all hands on deck for New York State police, CHNI report. All state troops have been ordered to come to work on Wednesday, June 3, as the state prepares to send them to cities where protests – and police responses to them – become destructive and cruel.

In Tuesday’s briefingCuomo urged the protesters to be “careful” about COVID-19. “Yes, protest, yes, express your anger, but take responsibility, because the last thing we want to do is see a surge in the number of COVID cases, and that is one of the complications of this increasingly complex crisis,” he said. A group of infectious disease experts, led by researchers at the University of Washington and the University of California, is called on police to stop using tear gas on demonstrators and compacting them into police vans and prisons during the pandemic, saying that causing coughing people worsens the risk of spreading the virus.

Announced by the State of New York on Tuesday:

  • Summer day camps will reopen on June 29. Cuomo has not yet made a decision about sleeping camps, but says that someone is coming.
  • A new executive order allows for the expansion of “low-risk outdoor recreation activities and businesses” in areas opened for the First Phase of reopening, and promises guidance from the state Department of Health. The order did not specify what activities and businesses were, and until Tuesday night, no guidelines were posted about outdoor recreation activities Phase One section of the NY Forward website.

Corona County virus page: Rockland, Westchester, Putnam

When the lower Hudson Valley plans for the next reopening phase, the Westchester Business Council has issued a “Westchester Economic Recovery Task Force Report,” which includes strategies and recommendations to help states and counties accelerate the district’s economy. has some details from the 14-page report, which includes recommendations from each industry sector in the local economy.

Westchester County executive deputy Ken Jenkins and WMCHealth chief medical officer Renee Garrick held a second Facebook live info session detailing Westchester Medical Center’s efforts to fight the corona virus. You can watch a 28 minute conversation on YouTube. also has a story about quarantine fatigue and the still inherent confusion about the guidelines for reopening Phase Two. “Politically charged clashes … make it difficult to enforce measures intended to prevent a coronavirus revival,” the newspaper wrote, as New Yorkers increasingly opposed the ban on large gatherings and orders to wear masks and a number of regional executives embracing “hands off” approaches to enforce rules.

Putnam County announced Tuesday that moving forward, they will release district-level COVID-19 data only once a week, on Friday afternoons.

Corona County virus page: orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Colombia

Ulster Regional Executive, Pat Ryan, supports the peaceful protest of police brutality during the COVID-19 update on Tuesday, but urged the protesters to take health precautions. Ryan said he was “without words” about the murder of police officer George Floyd and understood the desire to influence change. “But that puts us in a very difficult situation in the midst of a pandemic and public health a century ago,” he said. Ryan also said that he planned to attend protests in Poughkeepsie and Kingston. “I will be there in solidarity, but also in the face mask.”

Ulster County has finished testing 1,233 residents in 13 nursing homes in the district, Ryan announced Tuesday in a press release. The results of the six facilities have again shown zero infections, although the county is still waiting for the results of other facilities. Two nursing homes had large outbreaks before testing throughout the region: Seven people in the Wingate of Ulster County died from COVID-19, while 32 died at the Ten Broek Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, according to the state Department of Health.

Orange County succeeds attracted 77 workers to temporary leave to help close a giant hole exploded in the regional budget by coronavirus. Forty-seven workers agreed to take leave during June and July, while the rest agreed to take one month off. All employees will be able to apply for extended unemployment benefits. This is expected to save the county $ 389,391, according to Times Herald-Record.

The Hudson Brewing Company, whose liquor license was suspended by the New York State Liquor Authority after an undercover inspector found it violated an emergency order banning people from gathering at the place and serving beer in plastic cups without a cover, was lawyer and fight. That Star List reported that the local Hudson official did not report the brewery to the state Liquor Authority, but the state regulator was “moved to act after learning that the brewery did not comply with warnings from the Hudson code enforcement office.”

Corona County virus page: Sullivan, Delaware, Greene, Schoharie

The COVID-19 Economic Recovery Team was formed by the Greene District Legislature released a crisis response and recovery plan on Monday. The plan details priorities, strategies and tactics for businesses and county residents, and priorities for reopening the county and “returning to business in the post-COVID world.”

Sullivan’s Motor Vehicle Department has some were reopened for letter transactions and online for residents on June 1. Sullivan County too extend the deadline for repurchasing property that has been taken over by tax until August 31.

Something little for seniors graduating from the Catskills, who have witnessed a pandemic biting their senior year: Hawk Mountain is printing photos and free bios for students who have graduated from high school, elementary school, and kindergarten in special editions of newspapers in Schoharie, Delaware, Greene, and northern Ulster districts. Send them an email at [email protected] if you have local graduates that you want to celebrate.

Sullivan County will run a test site in the Hall Hall parking lot in Woodridge on Friday, June 5. All who are interested in testing must complete the survey; English, Click here, for Spain, Click here. After completing the survey, you will be contacted with an appointment time.

There were new cases announced by public health officials in most rural areas on Tuesday: two in Delaware and three at Schoharie.

Cumulative cases per 10,000 population in each region, taken from New York State Data case found on the previous day.


A map showing where each of the 10 regions of New York is in the reopening phase, drawing from the State of New York regional monitoring dashboard.

River have a guide where, how and when to be tested for coronaviruses in the Hudson Valley and Catskills. We have also updated regularly resource list on our web site. To read more from our daily news collection, visit our coronavirus page.

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