LEWIS CO., N.Y. — Lewis County Farm Bureau, Lewis County Soil and Water Conservation District and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County were pleased to present a check for $400 to Lewis County Opportunities, Inc., earmarked for the five food pantries throughout the county. The money was raised through a Dessert Auction fundraiser during the organizations’ Celebration of Agriculture dinner.
The dinner brought together the partners in agriculture for a night to conduct business and to share a meal in celebration of all their hard work and accomplishments over the past year. After separate business sessions, guests enjoyed a dinner prepared and served by Lewis County FFA. The highlight of the evening was the Dessert Auction. Members and guests bid on cakes, pies and cheesecakes donated by attendees. It served as a great source of entertainment- all to benefit worthy cause. “We are encouraged by what we can accomplish together and honored to be able to give back to our beloved community,” said Lewis County Farm Bureau President Jennifer Karelus.
Karelus noted she is optimistic that the this year the state will finally enact “Farm to Food Bank” legislation that would offset a portion of farm donation costs while getting more fresh food to local food banks. The bill, vetoed by the Governor twice, passed unanimously in the State Senate last week, signaling lawmakers support to see this bill finally become law. In 2016, farmers donated more than 13-million pounds of food to their regional food banks, which is the equivalent of more than 10 million meals. This amount set a new record for the state’s farmers and demonstrated their generosity. The “Farm to Food Bank” bill would incentivize even greater food donations.
—Lewis County Farm Bureau
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