Cuomo blames local governments, who are supposed to enforce rules at restaurants, bars, stores and other public places.
Cuomo blames local governments, who are supposed to enforce rules at restaurants, bars, stores and other public places.
Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers will be getting more money than usual to help with groceries this month.
“Not being a chain gives us the opportunity to really listen to the community, put in the grocery store what they want in the grocery store.”
“We’re asking for access to child care for food chain workers, financial relief for undocumented workers and health and safety regulations for all workers on the job, especially farmworkers.”
“Before the coronavirus, we thought somewhere around a million people were food insecure and needed food,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Now, 1 in 4 New Yorkers may be going hungry.
The repercussions have been devastating. Nearly 1,000 out of 26,000 restaurants operating in the state have permanently closed due to coronavirus.
“A good farmers market is like a weekly fair or festival. People are wanting that back, but it won’t be the same.”
State health officials started testing nearly 200 seasonal workers at the giant hydroponic greenhouse last weekend because of concerns it might be a COVID hotspot.
Farmers argue that if we keep breaking the food chain, there will be a lot of farms that aren’t going to survive this.
The coronavirus pandemic has also closed some meatpacking plants, although PresidentTrump last week ordered large meat processors remain open.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is sending a message about the food supply: there’s plenty of food and the state is adjusting to get it to people.
“That’s awful, awful, heart breaking when you watch your milk go down the drain when it’s a perfectly good, sellable product,”
“It’s very frustrating. We have excess milk but we can’t get it to people who are in need at this time.”
DEP’s Climate Change Impact Assessment report focuses on livestock and watershed
“One of the questions about markets is, will we be able to provide enough…safety measures for people to feel comfortable in those spaces?”
Farmer Dennis Brawdy said this year is stranger than most because major customers are closed.
Manufacturers, lawmakers and grocery store workers say the reusable bags could transmit the virus, but according to scientists there aren’t enough studies to know whether that’s true.
Wegmans will be supplying face masks to its employees in line with federal guidelines designed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“These past few weeks have been pretty heavy with orders and agencies trying to get their pantries restocked as they’re seeing more people come to them for help.”
“Agriculture’s role is unquestionable: access to food is a right; we need local agriculture now more than ever.”
“We’re lucky that over half of our shoppers are already using reusable bags. We sell dozens of different kinds. It’s kind of a normal thing here.”
“We’re going to probably get some negative feedback those first few weeks as we try to transition.”
The grocery chain is getting an early start on the state-wide ban, which begins in March.
“Many of them are already accessing the emergency food network, so they’re turning to their local food pantry or soup kitchen just to make ends meet.”
“There were skeptics who didn’t think that Butter Gritty would ever come. But today is triumphant.”
Benefits would be cut to roughly 688,000 recipients nationwide, and food advocates say benefits for thousands of New Yorkers would also be in jeopardy.
The proposed changes would slash federal food assistance to low-income families by $4.5 billion over five years.
“You have a beautiful crop on, especially August-September. And then, all of a sudden, you’d come back a week later, and it would be dead.”
The New York State Fair opens its gates for a 13-day run today, with more than a million visitors expected to descend on the Syracuse fairgrounds.
“At this time, when our bees are dying off, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has done a very quiet but very dumb thing. They’ve stopped collecting critical scientific data on honeybees.”
Whey Street Dairy received the 2019 State Agricultural Environmental Management Award.
The New York state health department said 69 cases of cyclosporiasis have been identified in people who ate at restaurants or attended events in the capital region, but local authorities warned people across the state to be careful.
Democratic state lawmakers are criticizing the Trump Administration over its proposed plan to restrict Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for certain people.
Make your way to the Fried Specialties booth, and you’ll be transported to a deep-fried fantasy that would stop the heart of a cardiologist.
The financially struggling school district in northeast Pennsylvania that threatened foster care over unpaid lunch debt is now apologizing for dozens of letters officials sent this month to parents.
After district officials threatened to turn children over to foster care for the unpaid amount, a prominent media figure and a corporate CEO offered to settle the debt, but were rebuffed.
Wyoming Valley West School District in Northeastern Pennsylvania sent families a letter stating that their children would be removed from their homes if unpaid cafeteria meal debt was not settled.
Walmart is expanding a program for food stamp recipients to buy groceries online and pick them up in stores. It’s the latest move to give them more options in the era of online shopping.
“If you look at the decline in milk consumption in our schools over the past nine years as a result of that misguided legislation, it actually tracks with the financial decline within the dairy industry.”
A Wegmans senior vice president says as technology has evolved to enable more self-service, customers are increasingly looking for options that save time and allow them to shop how they want.
Some food pantries are benefiting from home chicken keepers’ desire to keep collecting the birds as pets, which results in more eggs than they can handle. But sometimes it can be hard to find takers.
To sell across state lines, dairy farmer can’t call his product skim milk unless he adds vitamins A and D.
The suit, filed on behalf of six states and the District of Columbia, says the weakened federal nutrition standards for school meals are putting kids at greater risk of health problems linked to diet.
By this time next year, single use plastic bags will be officially banned in New York State. But this new rule has some wondering, will we just end up with a paper bag problem?
New York’s apple industry has about a 21 percent higher economic impact than traditional studies have found.
Government reopened a week after the double payment. And now, nearly 2 million Pennsylvanians on food stamps have to wait until March before the next round of benefits.
The product is hemp, and it’s been getting more hype lately for various types of industrial and consumer uses.
Food assistance in the form of SNAP benefits came early this month owing to the shutdown. But in Pennsylvania, recipients are spending the benefits quickly, and there may be no new funds for February.
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is launching extra services for federal employees struggling during ongoing government shutdown furloughs.
If the partial government shutdown continues into February, federal programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP, and the millions of people who rely on those benefits, may be impacted.
Wegmans has begun hiring staff for its long-awaited New York City store. The Rochester-based supermarket chain is hiring 500 people for the store that will open at the Brooklyn Navy Yard sometime this fall.
Nutritional yeast isn’t a new health fad — in the 1920s, sales exploded due to the “Yeast for Health” campaign. But bad news about the candida strain affected all yeast, and it’s just now rebounding.
A new federal proposal would change the way New York’s military installations get milk, and could hurt local dairy farmers. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is trying to stop it.
In 2015, Andrew Tarlow shifted three of his restaurants to a tip-free model, raising his employees’ wages and menu prices. This week, though, he switched back.
Frank Femia runs Klubfunstore Guns and Ammo in Henrietta, where the popular ammunition this season is copper bullets. “It’s been hard finding them because everyone’s been sold out of them and it’s been hard to keep in stock,” Femia said.
More work by a prominent food researcher, including a study that took aim at the “Joy of Cooking,” has been retracted because of problems with the data.
After harvest, New York apples can be stored for months in controlled atmosphere storage rooms where the temperature, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and humidity levels are adjusted to put them into hibernation.
In her new book, “Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land,” Leah Penniman describes her journey as a woman of color reclaiming space in the agricultural world while providing a comprehensive guide for others who want to follow her path.
Food Business Pathways is a free course that gives low-income participants a leg up in turning their ideas into successful businesses through training, mentoring, access to services and space to sell.
Wegmans has become the latest grocery store in New York to accept a new way to pay for food. The grocery chain now accepts eWIC, a government assistance program designed to give women, infants and children the money they need to purchase staple foods.
Erick Castro’s Instagram account is spreading the gospel of an affordable plant-based diet, especially to lower-income residents of New York. Now, he’s got a vegan restaurant, too.
It’s a prime example of “gentefication,” economic revival led by people with roots in the community. The cultural mix is a culinary celebration: African, Albanian, Caribbean, Italian, Latino and more.
Uber has helped create about 800 “virtual restaurants” in the U.S. — eateries that only exist online. Uber says its delivery service helps restaurants grow, but some in the industry see downsides.
TRANSFORMING HEALTH – More Americans are obese than ever before. That’s according to an annual survey from Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
As United Nations leaders gather in New York, top food and nutrition experts are convening for a forum to talk about how people around the globe can have both a nourished diet and a healthy planet.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Brian Wansink, the Cornell professor who authored six articles retracted by the Journal of the American Medical Association Wednesday, has been removed from all teaching and research at the university, and will retire at the end of this academic year.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – What happens to the butter sculpture at the New York State Fair once the event is over? Well, for the third year, it will be recycled and used for electricity.
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – An app service known as Aira offer blind or visually-impaired users the opportunity to use their smartphone as a second set of eyes, in order to perform tasks including shopping. Wegmans has become the first supermarket chain in the nation to offer the service.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Tops Markets is announcing plans to close 10 stores it says are underperforming as part of its effort to restructure and emerge from the Chapter 11 bankruptcy it filed for earlier this year.
Seventeen people also have been sickened in an outbreak that federal officials say has been linked to Empire Kosher brand chicken.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – A national farmers market association announced Thursday that it’s staving off the closure of the company that processes food stamp benefits at 40 percent of the farmers markets across the country, including hundreds in New York state.
The Broome County Ethnic Festival has moved from the Veteran’s Memorial Arena to Northside Park in in Endicott’s Little Italy.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The company behind the software that turns SNAP benefits into the tokens used at the Rochester Public Market has announced that it’s going out of business.
For the past two weeks, Jean Owens has been worrying about how to feed people in her town. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier says they’ve temporarily suspended deliveries until the Enfield Food Pantry and the town make improvements to address food safety concerns.
As awareness grows about the environmental toll of single-use plastics, U.S. retailers and regulators alike are finding ways to decrease their use. And straws have become a prime target.
The beverage industry is challenging a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on sweetened drinks imposed in Philadelphia. Officials argue the tax is a good strategy to help combat childhood obesity.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The New York State Department of Labor is holding hearings across the state to gather input on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to eliminate minimum wage tip credits. Many restaurant workers who attended a hearing in Syracuse said they are against the plan.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Wegmans is responding to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal this week to ban single-use plastic bags.
(Harrisburg) — The Hershey Company is making a move to gain a stronger foothold in the “better for you” snacking market. It’s the chocolate-maker’s second non-candy acquisition in the last three years. Hershey has agreed to pay $1.6 billion for Texas-based Amplify Snack Brands, which makes healthy snacks like Skinny Pop popcorn and Oatmega protein bars. Read full story here.
For our Seasons at the Lake documentary, Tracey Maines invited us into her kitchen to show us how food plays a role in binding families and their vacation traditions together.
We adore celebrity chefs and TV food personalities for their outrageousness and willingness to say, do, and taste almost anything. But which of these famous chefs are you most like? Take the quiz to reveal the answer!
This month PBS celebrates some of our favorite chefs on American Masters. James Beard: American Masters airs Friday, May 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm
Julia Child: American Masters airs Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10:00 pm
Jacques Pepin: American Masters airs Friday, May 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm
Alice Waters: American Masters airs Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10:00 pm
Ninety-six percent of New Yorkers say, “in our state, no one should go hungry,” according to a new poll released from Siena College today. However, about 1 in 8 New Yorkers received food from a pantry last year. Most respondents to the survey said they understand a few things about struggling to get food: it’s harder to plan a meal; it’s harder to get to the store; and it’s harder to eat healthy. In the last year, 45 percent of respondents said they contributed money to an anti-hunger agency. Forty-nine percent said they have donated food.