Gallery: Help New York Farmers Recover From Irene By Dining Out Today!

Hurricane Irene may have swept through the Northeast nearly two weeks ago, but much of New York State is still reeling from her effects. Mass flooding upstate has devastated many New York farms, completely destroying crops and abruptly shortening or ending the season’s harvest. One farmer in the Hudson Valley lost more than a third of his 1,500 acres corn and vegetables. Federal aid is being directed to help these farmers get back on their feet, but a group of local food-loving city dwellers has created an opportunity for all New Yorkers to help out simply by eating out. Today, as part of Dine Out Irene, more than 100 restaurants will donate 10 percent of their proceeds to relief efforts for local farms.

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