A broad coalition of New York legislators, farmers, anti-hunger and environmental advocates have asked Governor Andrew Cuomo to step up to the dinner plate and fund the Farm to Food Bank bill in the final New York State budget.
The bipartisan legislation would provide a tax credit to farmers of 25 percent of the wholesale value of donated food up to five thousand dollars annually. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says the bill is a “no-brainer.”
The bill has twice passed both chambers of the legislature only to see it vetoed by the Governor. Palmesano says its time for the governor to put down the veto pen.
The money would partially offset the costs of labor, packaging and transportation needed to get fresh food from the fields to regional food banks and pantries across the state to benefit New Yorkers in need.