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NY 30% Initiative Eligible Product Database

Cheryl Bilinski, Local Food Systems Specialist, Farm to School Lead

June 18, 2020
NY 30% Initiative Eligible Product Database

NY 30% Initiative Eligible Product Database

The NY Product Database is a collection of products that qualify for the 30% NY Initiative, and are widely available for purchase by School Food Authorities (SFAs) for use in their lunch programs. All products are either NY Grown & Certified, or contain 51% or more raw NY agricultural product. The database was created by Cornell Cooperative Extension - Harvest NY, with input from NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, NYS Department of Education, SFAs, and other partners.

Included in this suite of resources is a public link to the NY 30% Initiative Eligible Product Database, a video tutorial on how to use the database, and a PDF guide. Please be sure to refer to the video and/or the PDF before you consider purchasing any of these products, or claiming them as part of your 30% Initiative audit. The database is updated regularly with new products, vendors, and information. **Note: You may be prompted to login or create an Airtable account the first time you access the database--don't worry! You do not need to have an account to access the database.**

If there is a product you would like considered for inclusion in the database, submit it using this form

Please reach out to us if you notice any missing or incorrect product information. You can contact Becky O'Connor, Farm to Institution Coordinator at, or (845)706-0293.

30% NY Eligible Product Database Guide (pdf; 613KB)
  • Take a peek at this PDF to learn a bit about the database at large and certain features within Airtable

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The NY Food Hub Collaborative Takes Root!

Cornell Cooperative Extension has received a USDA Regional Food Systems Partnership Planning and Development grant for the NY Food Hub Collaborative. This is a 2-year project.

The NY Food Hub Collaborative brings together 29 local food system stakeholders representing 21 organizations to realize the long-term goal of improving the economic viability of mid-tier value chain partners targeting local markets by improving efficiencies, maximizing profits, and increasing demand for NY food products. Three objectives guide the project tea toward that goal:

1. Establish a Collaborative of interdependent food hubs designed to work collaboratively to efficiently, affordably, and effectively market NY food products to institutional markets.

2. Identify the potential for small, mid-size, and socially disadvantaged producers to be competitive in state agency and institutional contracts.

3. Develop strategic business relationships between mid-tier value chain partners including food hubs, producers, processors, distributors, and markets that emphasize organizational interdependence, trust, and transparency and equitably distribute responsibilities and rewards.

Objectives will be met through strategic planning amongst Collaborative partners, virtual field trips to learn best practices from national partners, business-to-business development opportunities, producer and market partner training, and a series of outputs. Outputs include an interactive local food system asset map, a procurement guide on selling NY food products to various institutional markets, an analysis of existing procurement policies across institutions and recommendations for improvement, market analyses of key institutional market partners, a NY Collaborative product guide, and an implementation plan that provides a framework to operationalize the NY Food Hub Collaborative.

Project Partners:

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome, Oneida, Essex, and Saratoga Counties
  • Farm Fare
  • Syracuse University
  • Upstate Growers & Packers
  • Eden Valley Growers
  • Capital Roots
  • Farm Fresh First
  • 607CSA
  • Hub on the Hill
  • Headwater Food Hub
  • Syracuse Onondaga Food Systems Alliance
  • Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corp.
  • Center for Agriculture Development and Entrepreneurship
  • NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • Buffalo City School District
  • Syracuse City School District
  • NYC Citywide Administrative Services
Additional project partners will be identified as the project takes root. If you're interested in learning more or getting involved, please reach out to Project Director, Cheryl Bilinski,