Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will spend $3.6 million to create four new food distribution hubs across upstate New York, creating 150 jobs and giving farmers new opportunities to get their products to consumers.
One of those hubs will be built in the Tompkins County town of Groton. The other food hubs will be placed in Canastota in central New York, Kingston in the Hudson Valley and Canton in the North Country.
An existing food hub on Long Island is getting $500,000 to renovate a building. The other locations will use the state money to purchase trucks, processing equipment and freezer storage. Farmers can use the new hubs to get their locally grown produce to food distributors.