New Grant Helps the Farm Support Local Food Pantries
Around the country, food banks are seeing an unprecedented increase in the need for food while also experiencing a decline in donations. A new grant from Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) will help support the mission of Pitney Meadows Community Farm to supply fresh local food to area food pantries.
The farm will use the grant funds to purchase seeds and plant starts and hire additional staff in order to increase the farm’s production. The project will allow the community farm to increase donations to local food pantries to at least 15,000 pounds.
“COVID-19 has hurt people in many ways, but the food supply chain has been hit especially hard,” says Pitney board member Kim London. “We greatly appreciate of this grant that will allow us to continue supporting our community through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”
Eight North Country farm and food businesses were awarded a total $100,000 in grant funding — made possible by anonymous donors — for efforts that bolster food and farm security in the region.