NEW YORK -- Three million New Yorkers did not go hungry this year. That's thanks to the Food Bank Association of New York and hundreds of local farmers.
Tuesday the Food Bank and New York Farm Bureau announced the 10th anniversary of the "Harvest for All" Program.
In the last decade, New York Farmers have donated more than 31 million pounds of food.
That equals out to 26 million meals. And the need continues to grow.
"Now more than ever, with the recent cuts to SNAP and other programs, the demand is even higher. So the 8.3 million pounds, I reported on average 6.9 million meals for this year. And it's just incredible," said Sharon Smith, Food Bank Association of NYS Exec. Dir.
"It's always been ingrained in farmers and those in the agriculture field to always help your neighbors in their time of need. And this is just fulfilling that prophecy so to speak," said Dean Norton, NY Farm Bureau President.
This year alone, farmers have already donated nearly 8.4 million pounds of food.
And with a few weeks left in the year, they hope to pass the 10 million mark.