Myron Thurston of Madison County CCE and Marty Broccoli of Oneida County CCE assisted both assisted Upstate Growers and Packers and Smith Packing with their submission of applications for the USDA AMS Farm to Families Food Box Program. Both groups have stated that they would have been unable to submit such strong applications without CCE involvement.

Dr. Karin Bump, Executive Director of CCE Madison County, commented on this as an excellent example of CCE as a collaborative system “Our ability to support the advancement of this project hinged on the collaboration of our Ag Economic Development educators across Madison and Oneida Counties. By working together, the impact is far greater than any single effort could have
offered”.

Upstate Growers and Packers were approved for the full 15,500 boxes per week and the main applicants are George’s Produce in Clinton, Mosher’s Produce in Hamilton, and Russo’s Produce in Syracuse. There should be significant economic impact to Madison County with Mosher’s supplying products for the box. The box will be in Category 1 which is Fruit and Vegetable Boxes. They will be staggering their application so that they can continue to mix in more locally sourced produce as it becomes available later in the season. The non-profit partners are the Central New York Food Bank for 7,000 boxes a week, Mercy Works with Syracuse City Schools for 3,000 boxes per week and Grow NYC for 5,500 boxes per week.

Boxes will average $25 each so the total revenue is $387,500 per week. The base period of the award announced on May 8 th is for $2,290,050. There are 34 weeks of contracted services including renewal options which
would equal $13,175,000 in total revenue.

Smith Packing was approved for 6,000 mixed/variety boxes per week. Kreimheld Dairy and are partners on the project and will provide the value-added dairy products and fluid milk. Smith Packing will provide processed/cooked meat and the other items in the mixed box which is in Category 4. Eric will be supplying the Central NY Food Bank
and the Rochester Food Bank. Each box will be priced at approximately $30 for a total revenue of $180,000 per week.

The base period of the award announced on May 8th is for $1,236,300.
Over the 34 weeks of contracted services including renewal options planned or in the USDA program, this will result in $6,120,000 in revenue.

For further information, please visit:
https://www.ams.usda.gov/selling-food-to-usda/farmers-to-families-food-box

https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/AnnouncementofContractAwards.pdf

Lockwood Law

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