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Community Foundation gives grant to expand CNY Bounty

Central New York Resource Conservation and Development Project was recently awarded a CommuniFund grant from the Community Foundation for South Central New York. These funds will allow CNY Bounty to market the local fresh foods access program throughout Broome County in coming months. The CommuniFund award will help to further the mission of CNY Bounty by creating a new market in Broome County to support local farmers and producers which will build the local economy and provide a source of healthful food to residents. This program will strive to serve low-income, elderly, and homebound populations.

Dan Livingston, a resident of Broome County, will be leading this expansion project. Livingston plans to coordinate tasting events at community facilities throughout the county where residents can come try local foods distributed through CNY Bounty, and, while sampling, discuss the logistics and benefits of CNY Bounty with its knowledgeable staff.

"I'm excited to begin sharing more local food options with my neighbors, and to bring Broome County producers and farmers' products onto The Bounty," he said.

Central New York Bounty is a year-round online non-profit farmers' market. The program promotes healthful local food choices, provides marketing and distribution services to its more than 90 small- and medium-sized member producers, and delivers fresh organic products directly to consumers. All of CNY Bounty's member producers are located within New York State. There is no membership fee and delivery is a free service. Customers can log on and shop from over 1,000 products, including organic products, grass-fed meats, locally produced yogurts, baked goods, fresh produce and much more. Since its inception in 2007, CNY Bounty has expanded from Chenango County to Madison and Onondaga Counties, and is currently expanding into Broome County.

CNY Bounty is made possible by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango, Madison and Onondaga Counties, the CNY Resource Conservation and Development Project, Inc., Chenango County Economic Development Fund, Chenango Agriculture Development Council, Madison County Agricultural Economic Development Program, Chenango and Madison Counties, Greater Norwich Foundation, Gorman Foundation, CNY Community Foundation, New York Farm Viability Institute, Assemblyman Stirpe, Gifford Foundation, Rural Health Service Corps-AmeriCorps and the Community Foundation for South Central New York.

For more information, visit cnybounty.com or call 1-888-252-6106.

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