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Promising start to 2015 Plentiful Partnership of Niagara gleaning season

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Fri, Apr 3rd 2015 04:50 pm
Pictured, from left: Glean Team volunteer Sue Beamer, Tower Farming Co. President Tom Tower, Niagara Community Action Program member Kim O'Grady and Food Bank of WNY member Carol Palumbo.
Pictured, from left: Glean Team volunteer Sue Beamer, Tower Farming Co. President Tom Tower, Niagara Community Action Program member Kim O'Grady and Food Bank of WNY member Carol Palumbo.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County would like to thank the 60-plus farmers, volunteers, food pantry managers, panelists and other supporters for attending the second annual Plentiful Partnership of Niagara workshop and farm to table dinner last Thursday. Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play, a New York State Department of Health grant and CCE program that is piloting PPN, facilitated the evening's discussion.

Highlighted from 2014 were the nearly 30,000 pounds of fresh produce rescued (or "gleaned") and donated to the Food Bank of WNY and area food pantries. The commitment of 21 generous farmers and dedication of 36 volunteers fueled the effort.

Natalie Cook, CCE Niagara grant coordinator and moderator for the workshop, said, "Plentiful Partnership of Niagara is an initiative that requires all partners to invest themselves and believe in the effort. The results of the 2014 season and the momentum moving forward prove that investment and will support gleaning in the future."

PPN is a collaborative effort among CCE Niagara, the Food Bank of WNY, Niagara Community Action Program Inc., Western New York farmers, Glean Team volunteers and local food pantries to address food waste and food insecurity. Those interested in volunteering to glean or donating produce this coming season can contact Cook at [email protected] or 716-433-8839, ext. 243.

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