Assemblywoman Russell supports legislation to bring fresh produce to seniors

June 7, 2012
In an effort to continue helping both seniors and farms, Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell (D-Theresa) announced that the Assembly passed a bill she supported that establishes a Farm-to-Senior program. This legislation facilitates and promotes the purchase of products produced on New York farms by senior centers and other institutions for the aging (A.10308).

“We have many farms right here in the North Country that produce high-quality foods,” said Assemblywoman Russell. “Just because an individual is not able to make it to the farmers market or their local grocery store, does not mean that they should not enjoy farm-fresh food. This bill would give these seniors the ability to get fresh New York produce right where they live.”

This program mirrors the farm-to-school program, which was established in New York State in 2002. The aim of this program is to bring fresh, local foods to schools statewide, while expanding a new market for farmers. The farm-to-senior program is similar in concept.

“Not only would this program bring fresh produce and locally made products to senior centers, but it would open a new market to North Country farmers,” said Assemblywoman Russell. “It is time we helped those in senior centers get access to farm-fresh food.”

This bill would also establish a promotional event known as the “New York Golden Harvest: Seniors Week” to further promote the program.