BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — When the pandemic hit in March 2020, many businesses and schools were forced to close or drastically limit their services. But because Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Broome County’s farmers market and Taste NY stores were designated as essential services by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, they never closed. Throughout 2020, CCE Broome’s entire team continued to work on the most critical issues caused by COVID-19.
CCE Broome’s Agriculture Team worked with farmers and producers to ensure food safety. The Ag Team supplied local farms with hand sanitizer and masks to support a safe and healthy agricultural workforce. The Nutrition Team helped serve and deliver thousands of meals to food insecure families in partnership with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Binghamton Food Rescue and CHOW. The 4-H educators helped young people carry out projects aimed at helping the community emerge from the pandemic, ready to build an economically vibrant Broome County. The Workforce Development Team worked with Broome-Tioga Workforce NY to help out-of-school young people become self-sufficient and find meaningful careers.
Tuesday, December 1 is Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement, designed to unleash the power of people and organizations to transform their communities. Due to the pandemic, most of CCE Broome’s fundraisers had to be cancelled. Like many other non-profits, their operating budget has been severely impacted.
#GivingTuesday will allow CCE Broome to continue to impact lives, support Broome County’s farms, ensure a safe food supply and prepare young people and the community for the work of economic recovery.
To learn more about how CCE Broome has impacted the community and their #GivingTuesday campaign, go to https://tinyurl.com/y562tomx and watch the impactful series of short videos from people in Broome County, as they explain how they have been impacted by CCE Broome. Hear from government leaders, business leaders and entrepreneurs, educators and school administrators, human service providers, from farmers whose businesses have grown and from young people whose lives have been transformed by CCE Broome’s programs.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome County
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