(pictured left to right): Rick Wessler, Corbin Hill Food Project board member, Dennis Derryck, Corbin Hill’s founder and president, Barbara Turk, the Mayor’s office director of food policy and Zak Shusterman, Corbin Hill’s managing director, at Corbin Hill Food Project’s transfer operations in the Bronx.

Farm Credit East and CoBank announced that they have made a joint contribution of $100,000 to Corbin Hill Food Project, Inc., a not-for-profit that supplies fresh vegetables and fruits  to New York City communities with limited access to fresh produce. Farm Credit East provided $50,000 towards this program, a donation that was matched dollar-for-dollar by CoBank.

“Farm Credit’s support will enable the Corbin Hill Food Project to scale our operations to better serve the communities and neighborhoods where food is needed most,” said Dennis Derryck, founder and president of the Corbin Hill Food Project. “The donation will allow us to bring a logistics coordinator on board to oversee produce packing and shipping. In addition, funds will be used to offer a double up program for individuals transitioning out of a pantry program.”

The Corbin Hill Food Project sources farm products from upstate New York farms. The food is then transported to 20 locations that serve families/individuals in Harlem, Washington Heights and the Bronx on a weekly basis. The project also delivers to 16 institutions weekly. In total, the Corbin Hill Food Project is estimated to reach 6,000 families.

“Farm Credit East is pleased to support the Corbin Hill Food Project. Their efforts are not only providing lower income communities in parts of  New York City with access to fresh fruits and vegetables, but they’re also providing markets for Northeast farms and developing consumers that seek fresh farm products produced in this region,” said Bill Lipinski, Farm Credit East CEO.

“CoBank is proud to partner with Farm Credit East and the Corbin Hill Food Project to help combat the issue of food deserts in New York’s underserved communities,” said Robert B. Engel, chief executive officer at CoBank. “As a mission-based lender with a focus on agriculture, we believe in the value of connecting our nation’s farmers with their urban neighbors and in providing access for all to fresh, nutritious produce.”