Schoharie County's farmers are giving back just in time for Christmas.
After efforts to purchase and then donate coupons for free milk to local food pantries through an organization called Feed America fell through, said Farm Bureau President John Radliff, the SCFB instead made donations of $250 each to the:
--Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.
--Coats for Kids.
--Schoharie County Community Action Program food pantry.
New York Farm Bureau and Cazenovia Equipment also contributed toward the donations," Mr. Radliff said.
"We were really disappointed that the project with Feed America didn't work out," Mr. Radliff said. "Milk is something food pantries can't handle because it's perishable and with a match from DFA, we were talking $1,500 in coupons. But Feed America just couldn't get it together."
Instead, he said, SCFB refocused its attentions even closer to home and got the job done just in time for Christmas.
"It's very important to support the people who support us," he said.
That's the people in our local communities and of course, our veterans. I wouldn't be farming if not for veterans. To all of the people who are behind us, this is a little thank you. And see you in 2017."