National Food Day celebrated in Binghamton

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Lupardo, VINES also announce details of $5,000 grant to help support mission of growing local food systems

(Binghamton, NY) – As part of National Food Day, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES) joined together Monday to discuss ongoing efforts to increase awareness of local food and its impact on our community. October 24th is recognized across the country as Food Day and encourages communities throughout to change their diets and advocate for improved food policies.

“Local foods and agriculture are helping reshape our local economy,” said Assemblywoman Lupardo. “The new restaurants, craft beverage producers, and farmers markets alone have generated interest and excitement across the Southern Tier. Groups like VINES are playing an important role helping consumers become more conscious of their food choices and get directly involved in growing the food they eat.”

Lupardo also announced details of a $5,000 Assembly grant she was able to secure for VINES that will be used toward Grow Binghamton, the group’s summer youth employment program which trains at-risk youth in urban agriculture while providing them with job skills. Locally, VINES has been committed to providing hands-on education and training for residents which aims to empower them to make more informed decisions surrounding food.

“Helping local residents become more involved growing their own food and buying from local farmers creates a more sustainable community,” said Amelia LoDolce, Executive Director of VINES. “Local food systems provide consumers with fresher, healthier meals and this grant will help us continue our goal of beautifying our neighborhoods and empowering the people who live in them. We appreciate Assemblywoman Lupardo’s commitment to helping us further this mission.”

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