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Farmers to Families

Volunteers from the Capital District and Fulton County YMCA, National Grid, the American Heart Association and CAPTAIN Community Human Services distribute boxes of produce from the USDA Farmers to Families program Thursday at the Fulton County YMCA on Harrison Street in the Town of Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Volunteers load boxes of produce from the USDA Farmers to Families program into a vehicle Thursday at the Fulton County YMCA on Harrison Street in the Town of Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis Volunteers from the Capital District and Fulton County YMCA, National Grid, the American Heart Association and CAPTAIN Community Human Services distribute boxes of produce from the USDA Farmers to Families program Thursday at the Fulton County YMCA on Harrison Street in the Town of Johnstown.

TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN — The Capital Region and Fulton County YMCAs spearheaded the free distribution of produce provided by the Farmers to Families effort by the USDA and Costa Fruit and Produce of Boston Thursday at the Fulton County YMCA.

“This is the first time we have done Farmers to Families in Fulton County,” Rebecca Atwell, Executive Director of the Capital District YMCA said. “This is a partnership with the USDA and Costa Fruit and Produce out of Boston. The program was started by the U.S. Agricultural Department started this program in April 2020 as a direct result and response to COVID. This is the fifth round of Farmers to Families. The product comes from farmers to eliminate waste since it wasn’t able to go to the schools or restaurants. . In turn we are delivering this fresh, wholesome food to our communities. A lot of folks have found themselves in a position they may not have been in before.”

Volunteers from National Grid, YMCA, American Heart Association and Captain Human response services distributed more than 1,000 25 pound boxes of fresh produce, meat and dairy products to members of the community.

“The boxes typically include apples, onions, potatoes, a precooked meat like hot dogs, meatballs, and always dairy including a gallon of milk, cheese, yogurt and sometimes sour cream,” Atwell said.

The group has scheduled a second Farmers to Families distribution from 9:30 a.m. to noon on April 29 at the Fulton County YMCA.

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