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Cornell Orchards Donates Apples to Area School Districts

Cornell Orchards
Tompkins County
Apples in a wooden bin

Cornell Orchards has long been known for its generosity in supporting the local community. So when the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close, leaving many students without regular access to meals, the orchards' staff saw an opportunity to pitch in. Throughout April, the orchards will be donating approximately 26,000 apples to two local school districts to supplement efforts to provide meals for students and families in need. "We have been donating apples for years to local food banks, charity events, and community gatherings. So giving back to the local community has always been a part of the orchards' DNA," said Eric Anderson, wholesale coordinator at Cornell Orchards. "We [already] give roughly 200 pounds of apples every week to the Friendship Donations Network." The newest project began when Anderson started talking with colleague Cathy Crispell, an Orchards technician, about an article that described the great need for schools to continue providing meals to local children during the COVID-19 shutdown. "During that conversation, we knew we had to try and help our local schools," Anderson said.

Read the full story by Jim Catalano, Cornell Chronicle