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Maloney Announces $35,000 Grant for Cornell Cooperative Extension to Fight Food Insecurity in Putnam County

Oct 9, 2020
Press Release

Maloney Announces $35,000 Grant for Cornell Cooperative Extension to Fight Food Insecurity in Putnam County

Newburgh, NY – Today, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County has received a $35,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program. Cornell Cooperative will use the funds to work with local residents and leaders to plan for long-term solutions to food insecurity in the Hudson Valley. 

“As the economic toll of this public health crisis continues to impact families here in the Hudson Valley and across the country, many face financial and food insecurity.  Cornell Cooperative Extension is working to connect New Yorkers with the resources they need during this pandemic, and long after it is over. I’m proud to announce this grant, which will help Cornell Cooperative Extension create long-term solutions to food insecurity in our region, and will continue to fight for grants that strengthen our communities,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

According to recent data reported by the United Way, one-fifth of households in Putnam County struggle to make ends meet and to meet basic daily needs. The compounded financial burden of the COVID-19 pandemic has put even more families in financial distress.

“We know the solutions to food insecurity lie within our network of dedicated food system organizations and engaged citizens, but we needed a way to come together to better amplify ideas and resources. We are elated to receive this funding which will support the development of the Putnam County Food System Coalition. The Coalition will seek community input and direction as we conduct a community food assessment to identify opportunities for building a more food secure Putnam,” said Rebecca Ligrani, of Cornell Cooperative Extension Putnam County.  

Located in Putnam County, Cornell Cooperative Extension has roots in every county of the state of New York, and focuses on bringing local experience and research based solutions together in order to help families thrive.

The Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program is administered through the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and works to fight food insecurity through developing community food projects that help promote the self-sufficiency of economically-distressed communities.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney serves on the House Agriculture Committee, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.