Helming, panel discuss food access in rural NY

State Sen. Pamela Helming on Friday hosted a roundtable focusing on food access and health in rural New York.

The event was held at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva and the panels featured experts in food access and food safety. The event also included close to 70 attendees representing organizations that work in rural communities throughout the Finger Lakes region.

The event was hosted by the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, of which Helming, R-54 of Canandaigua, is the Senate chair, in partnership with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University.

“The New York State Agricultural Experiment Station … is truly the perfect place to put on an event such as this because Geneva has become a hub for the Finger Lakes region in terms of food production and distribution as well as agricultural and nutritional research,” Helming said.

“Food access is near and dear to my heart because we are sitting in the heart of New York agriculture, and access to healthy food is not always easy within our communities. Our rural communities, certainly, face their own unique challenges here, and I was happy to hear about how we can improve both access to and safety of our local food.”

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