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COVID-19 Resources

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County prioritizes the health, safety, and well-being of the communities we serve. Even if you are not concerned about your own health, we ask that you be mindful of your neighbors who may be stressed by the situation and worried about loved ones. Taking action now through social distancing to limit contact with one another may seem like extraordinary measures, but this strategy mitigates the spread of the virus and reduces the burden on our healthcare system.


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New York State Hand Sanitizer + PPE

CCE of Suffolk County, in cooperation with NYS Ag and Markets will distribute free NYS Clean hand sanitizer (1-gallon pump containers and refillable 2-ounce spray bottles) and washable, cloth face covers to the Agriculture, Horticulture, Aquaculture and Craft Beverage Industries. The effort is aimed at ensuring safe distribution and sale of goods while minimizing spread of COVID-19. PPE supplies can be picked up by appointment at Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank and at the Long Island Horticulture Research and Extension Center in Riverhead on scheduled days and times. Interested businesses must fill out a short request form. The form can be found at here.

Please submit form to ccescsanitizer@cornell.edu. If you are unable to access the internet to register, please call 631-603-4332. After submitting, you will receive an email confirming your pick-up location and date. We will not be able to accommodate unscheduled pick up requests.

Note: Handwash stations are a preferred alternative to hand sanitizer for both employees and customers so please consider how many are available for employees and customers to use in making your request.

**NYS Clean hand sanitizer is a 75% alcohol-based sanitizer. It is highly flammable and needs to be stored away from flame and direct sources of heat. It is not drinkable and should not be in contact with food.


NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Requesting Information to Connect Impacted Producers to Purchasing Opportunities

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, in coordination with its partners, is reaching out to New York producers that have surplus agricultural products as a result of COVID-19-related supply chain disruptions. The Department is working to connect affected farmers to potential new purchasing opportunities through various institutions, such as food banks, retailers and more. Governor Cuomo has made a commitment to using local foods to support the emergency food system, and we are looking to connect producers to food banks and those in need. This information will be provided to the Department’s partners and posted on its website.

   
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If you are a producer with surplus product, the Department asks that you send your name, contact information, and the type of product(s) you have in surplus to Lindsey McMahon at lindsey.mcmahon@agriculture.ny.gov. Please provide this information by Monday, May 4th, 2020, if possible.


Resources for your families health

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This is an especially difficult time for families with limited resources. Our Community Nutrition Education Team is posting tips for food safety and budget friendly recipes during this pandemic. You'll find information about which food banks are still operating on Long Island, how to get SNAP assistance at this time, and information about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We're also sharing information about Staying Physically Active and offering suggestions for Family Activities.

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The Marine Program is offering their new Digital Education Initiative! Each week we will be focusing in on one specific species or topic and will present a variety of media pieces and corresponding worksheets, lesson guides, and art tutorials that can be utilized by anyone looking to integrate some marine science enrichment into their current home learning routine.


We're now offering Virtual Programming

CCE in Suffolk is moving programs, events, and meetings online. Our staff is offering our program participants and partners options that will allow us to continue programming and best serve our community during this time. Please visit our events page for the most up-to-date information regarding specific events. 

We have virtual programming available for Libraries and Organizations. Schedule an online event today!

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Time to plant a Victory Garden! Virtual Program Offerings for 2020 Virtual Program Offerings from the SC Farm

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The current COVID-19 situation is really hurting the local commercial fishing industry. Do what you can to support your local fish markets and fishermen at this time. If you are a local fisherman or fish market providing take out and local delivery and would like to be featured on this list and on our social media please email kk334@cornell.edu or DM our facebook page.






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Last updated July 10, 2020