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Schumer, Gillibrand announce $200,000 for Sullivan County food hub

June 19, 2013

Press Release from Schumer and Gillibrand

Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $213,400 for the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to launch a satellite Food Distribution Hub Project, providing Sullivan Country farmers an effective distribution line to move their goods to local and regional markets, an effort that is expected to create up to 19 new local jobs. The federal funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program.

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Senator Gillibrand personally advocated for Sullivan County’s effort to strengthen the local agriculture industry.

“Stores, markets, and restaurants throughout the Hudson Valley-and-beyond should be filled with Sullivan County’s locally-grown products,” said Senator Schumer. “With the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency leading the way, and the USDA funding behind them, the Food Distribution Hub Project will grow the partnership between local organizations and community farmers, and serve as an economic boost to the region, all while providing delicious, high-quality food.”

“Connecting more of our local farms with local markets is good for business, and good for the health of our families,” said Senator Gillibrand, the first New York Senator to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in four decades and a leading advocate for developing food hubs. “Farms of the Hudson Valley are growing some of the highest quality produce. And when we help these farms reach new markets in the region, we can connect families, businesses and schools with food that’s grown right in our community, and help strengthen the local economy.”

“We are very pleased and excited to receive this Rural Business Enterprise Grant from the USDA to support Sullivan County’s farms and agricultural community,” said Ira Steingart, Chairman of the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency and Sullivan County Legislator. “The funding will be used to create a local food hub in Sullivan County that will provide much needed marketing support to farms throughout the region. This grant will help boost the economy of Sullivan County.”