Governor Cuomo recently announced $3.6 million in state funding awarded through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process will be used to create four food distribution hubs across the state. The hubs will be located in the Finger Lakes region, Central New York, the Hudson Valley, and the North Country. There is an existing hub on Long Island.
A 25,200 square foot facility in the Village of Groton will serve as the central food processing and packaging center for the Finger Lakes Fresh Food Hub. General Manager Steve Holzbaur says the hub will purchase food grown by more than 50 regional farms, which will be processed and distributed throughout the state and beyond. Holzbaur anticipates the creation of 30 to 35 new jobs and $2.3 million in annual sales in the first three years.
The Food Hub will also create an infrastructure to connect local farmers with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, which will make fresh, locally grown products available for low income residents in the region.