- Pine Valley Central School
Pine Valley Delivers Fresh Produce to Families
Families in the Pine Valley Central School District are enjoying free, fresh, and locally-sourced produce delivered right to their doors.
Each week, families receive boxes filled with healthy fruits and vegetables as part of the USDA Farmers to Families program, thanks to James Desiderio, Inc. The program was created to help provide healthy food for those in need and sustain farmers and food suppliers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to help the farmers and families in our community,” says Teaching Assistant Candice Campbell. “Fresh produce has great nutritional benefits and the deliveries will help a lot of our students eat healthier.”
Cook and Cafeteria Manager Terry Brown, Librarian Cindy Snyder, Teaching Assistant Daphne Cortright, and Teaching Assistant Candice Campbell were instrumental in bringing this to Pine Valley families. They teamed up with local supplier James Desiderio, Inc. to make sure all 224 families receiving meal deliveries in the Pine Valley Central School District have access to fresh, healthy produce.
Weekly deliveries include five pounds of potatoes, four pounds of oranges, three pounds of onions, three pounds of green vegetables, three pounds of apples, and two pounds of carrots.
The USDA Farmers to Families program is part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides up to $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat products to those in need by purchasing products from suppliers whose business has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 closures.
James Desiderio, Inc. is a local, family-owned company with over 70 years of experience in serving the freshest produce possible. Its emphasis on innovation, customer experience, and finding creative solutions have made it a leader in the Western New York region. Pine Valley Central School District is proud to partner with James Desiderio, Inc. and is grateful for its help feeding deserving families.
“My family has been in the business of feeding people in Western New York for three generations,” says Nick Desiderio. “We are so proud that we have the opportunity to help families in need during this pandemic by doing what we do best, providing fresh produce.”
Today, one in five children in New York struggle with hunger and a large percentage of the Pine Valley community are farmers and agricultural workers. The Farmers to Families Program is a great way to ensure kids get the nutrition they need, while simultaneously sustaining local food sources.
“The Farmers to Families program is truly amazing and I’m so proud that Pine Valley is a part of it,” says Superintendent Bryna Booth. “Our main goal is to take care of our kids, take care of our families, and take care of our team, and that’s exactly what we are able to accomplish with this program.”