Farm Credit East announced that, in concert with CoBank and other Farm Credit associations from across the country, its Farm Credit East Cares Community Fund has donated $65,000 to farm families impacted by Hurricane Sandy and to organizations that are helping devastated nonfarm communities and individuals recover from this tragedy.
"It will take years for many communities throughout the Northeast to recover from the hardships brought upon them by Hurricane Sandy," said Bill Lipinski, CEO of Farm Credit East. "We hope these donations can assist in recovery and help to lessen the financial hardships experienced by these farm families."
Donations of $500 are being provided by Farm Credit East Cares to 57 Northeast farm families in December. The donations are being distributed to farm families throughout New Jersey and southern New York. The funds were provided by Farm Credit East in conjunction with contributions from CoBank, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Frontier Farm Credit, Farm Credit of New Mexico, Farm Credit West and Farm Credit Services of Hawaii.
In addition to donations to farm families, financial support was also provided to various organizations that are distributing food and assisting with other recovery efforts in the impacted areas. Five donations were provided to GrowNYC, City Harvest (NYC), Farmers Against Hunger (NJ), Community Food Bank of New Jersey and Island Harvest (Long Island).