Community Outreach

Regional Access has been located in the same area of upstate New York for its entire existence. It’s founder Gary Redmond grew up in Delaware County New York, and moved to Ithaca to attend Cornell University in the 1970’s. All of our employees live here, we raise our kids here, and we work here. Our fate and success as a company is best indicated by our communities success and well being. We focus on policies and issues that are most important to us: supporting local farms and food start-ups, health education in schools, environmental issues, and fostering innovation around creating sustainable north east food distribution systems that work to benefit all participants in the supply chain.

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Check back here often to see what we are focused on at Regional Access, and hopefully get involved yourself!

  1. Supporting safe, clean energy in New York State
    1. We believe hydraulic fracturing techniques being deployed across the Marcellus Shale region in PA and NY by large energy multinationals have not yet proven themselves either safe or sustainable.  At Regional Access our business is dependent on a safe clean environment for our farm partners, our local vineyards, and the water supply we all depend on to live and thrive. We are in favor of an immediate ban on fracking in New York State, and no further drilling or short sighted resource pillaging until the safety of our beloved states ecology and people is assured. This can only be achieved by an independent and transparent assessment of whether or not hydraulic fracturing fits into a environmentally sensitive long term energy policy. Read more here, or contact Regional Access Operations Manager Asa Redmond on how to get involved.
  2. Supporting food education while increasing access to wholesome foods in schools.
    1. Many of the most enduring consumer habits and preferences are formed in childhood. Not only are young children among the most vulnerable, but they are often neglected when it comes to food education. Anyone who has ever had a federally subsidized school lunch in a poor public school can speak to the need for better foods. Innumerable studies have shown strong correlations between good diets and good grades. Reducing sugar, eliminating unhealthy snack machines, and a host of other simple changes can have immediate and lasting effects on the health and well being of our children. Read more here, or contact Regional Access Sales Staff member (and parent) Erica Naylor on how to get involved.
  3. Delivering to under served food deserts in New York, especially in rural upstate communities in the Adirondacks and the Southern Tier.
    1. Regional Access maintains a low order minimum, and does not require a certain number of orders a year unlike many conventional large distributors. By partnering with start ups such as we are working to make it easier for rural residents to get an order of healthy high quality food from Regional Access.
    2. According to the American Cancer Society, the USDA has identified food deserts in 32 of 62 counties in New York State.
    3. More than 656,000 New Yorkers meet the criteria of living in a food desert.
    4. Among people in New York State who live in a food desert, 86% live in urban areas and 14% reside in rural areas.
  4. Working with locally based charities to improve the quality of life in New York.
    1. For as long as we have been in business, people have been coming to Regional Access whenever they have an event where they want people to have good food. And more often than not, we have donated food and other wonderful products to help!
    2. Regional Access sponsors an employee in the annual AIDS Ride for Life put on by the Southern Tier AIDS Program. Founded in 1984, the Southern Tier AIDS Program provides supportive services to HIV+ persons and state of the art prevention education from 9 offices in an 8 county area.
    3. Regional Access wants their employees and community members to respect the environment  and work for its preservation across New York State. To further this aim we have contributed to The Rushford Environmental Education Camp in Caneadea, NY. The camp is run by the New York DEC, and is for youth who are 11 to 13 years old and 14 to 17 years old.  Rushford is located on the Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area two miles southwest of Rushford Lake.
    4. Mostly thanks to the tireless advocacy of our pet loving HR Director Adrienne Stearns, we are also proud to contribute to the local SPCA’s Walk for the Animals. The Tompkins County SPCA is the first open admission, LEED certified, no kill shelter in the United States celebrating over 11 years of saving lives! We aim to keep them that way.