Christine CorradoApr 26, 2017, 11:57 am

Farm in New City provides healthy options for the hungry

Cropsey Community Farm donates organic produce to local food banks

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The Cropsey Community Farm is one of the only organic small farms left in Rockland County and part of their mission is to help the hungry in Rockland County.

"Whatever food is not used by the members that day [and] its fresh and we bring it to food banks such as Touch and also People to People," says Rockland Farm Alliance President John McDowell.

According to People to People, a food pantry based in Nanuet, more than 43,000 people are living below the poverty level in Rockland and almost half of the people getting food do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and must rely on charitable food assistance.

"You know, what I don’t like seeing is these food drives and then you see the kind of food they get on these drives, and it's like cans and stuff, and sweets and that sort of thing. So, we're really happy that people are eating healthy food... " McDowell says.

McDowell adds the Cropsey Community Farm donates thousands of pounds of vegetables to these food banks every year from the farm's 60 varieties of vegetables and fruits as they hope they can help to feed the hungry in a nutritional way.

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