The Albion FFA is making Christmas a little brighter for many Orleans and Genesee County families this season. Students contacted area farmers and businesses asking if they would be willing to contribute to local food pantries. The amount pledged was staggering; 35,000 pounds of hams, eggs, bread, and a variety of fresh produce is on its way to Community Action of Orleans and Genesee County (CAOGINC)! The food will be distributed to local food pantries in Orleans and Genesee Counties and delivered to families that the agency serves.
“This means the world to us,” said Annette Finch, Director of Community Services at Community Action.
This is the 8th year FFA students spearheaded this project. The first year they collected 3,000 pounds of fresh produce from a handful of local farmers. Each year the amount of food and number of contributors grows.
Farmers and businesses that participated in this year’s project are:
Triple G Farms & Pete Call Farms- Potatoes
Root Brothers & Starowitz Farms - Cabbage
Kludt Brothers & Martin Farms - Squash
Nesbitt Fruit Farm & Orchard Dale Fruit Farm -Apples
Bittner Singer Orchards - Apples
Jeff Partyka & Adam Kirby Farms- Apples
CY Farms & Mortellaro and Sons - Onions
Torrey Farms- Onions and Potatoes
Panek Family Farm- Green Beans and Corn
Colby Farms - Potatoes and Cabbage
Orleans County Farm Bureau- Hams
Costanzo Bakery/ Dale Root- Bread
Navarra’s Greenhouse- Packing Crates
FFA alum Barry Flansburg assists with distribution during the event as well as Orleans County Farm Bureau representatives Amanda Krenning Muoio and Alan Panek, and New York State Assemblyman Steve Hawley.
“My hope is these kids will see a need and find a way to help with that need and give back to their local area,” said FFA Advisor Adam Krenning.
The Albion FFA is the oldest active FFA in New York State. Adam Krenning is the advisor.
Great job, Albion FFA!
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