LATHAM, N.Y. - New York State farmers are getting into the Christmas spirit by dropping off millions of pounds of food to state food banks to help New York's hungry.
So far, more than 5 million pounds of state-harvested food, from bananas to butternut squash, have been donated to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, one of ten "Feeding America" food banks across the state.
The annual tradition is not only a way for state farmers to donate the part of their harvests that didn't sell, but it's a friendly competition for bragging rights.
"New York State farmers donate more excess food from harvests than any other state in the country. This is the 9th out of the last 10 years we've been number one. It's somewhat of a friendly competition, except everyone ends up winning," says Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York Executive Director Bill Glavin.
The food is collected at food banks nationwide through the farm donation partnership "Harvest for All."
New York food bank officials expect to surpass 6 millions pounds of donated food at it's Northeast New York location alone, by the end of the year.