Local farmers have been able to get their food to those who need it most, thanks to local food organization Foodlink.
Through a state program called Nourish New York, Foodlink gives out fresh food from the farm to those in need. Foodlink buys produce and dairy products from farmers to meet increased demand for food due to the pandemic.
So far, Foodlink has bought nearly 150,000 pounds of food.
The Nourish New York program has allowed farmers to step up and give their surplus food to a good cause.
"As Mr. Rogers always [said], 'in times of disaster, look for the helpers,' and this is truly an example of that," said Foodlink COO Terra Keller. "People [are] stepping up to collaborate in unique ways, offering their resources to assure that people who are in need of food are getting that, so we're thankful for our partners."
Foodlink says it has seen a 41 percent increase in demand for food compared to this time last year.
The food is expected to feed about 400 families in the Rochester area.