SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Since 2008, farm vendors have donated fresh, local produce to Schenectady Greenmarket to help fight food insecurity.
Vendors like Bella Terra Farm have been a part of that mission for three years.
“To help people eat healthy”, said farm vendor Joan Madonna.
Offering a variety of healthy choices ranging from scallions to beans, they’re reinforcing the importance of a healthy mind and body.
“We don’t use any chemicals. Everything is non-GMO. Our meats are non-GMO. Our animals are fed that way”, said Madonna.
Because of these donations, over six-thousand meals have been fed to hungry families. This year alone, from June to October, the market has fed over five-thousand meals.
“We do this because we care and want to be a part of the community and farmers are amazingly generous. The whole purpose of their career is to feed people and so, they want to feed people no matter what”, said market manager Jennifer Jennings.
This initiative has not only filled empty stomachs but it reminded everyone where the plate on their table comes from.
“Everyone loves food”, said Jennings.
Schenectady Food Market has played a really big role in the community and the best part about this donation program is families can eat healthy foods like scallions and squash.