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Take Action Now: Hunger Prevention Nutrition Assistance Program

As the New York State budget season continues, we need your help to advocate for increased funding to the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP). There are letters circulating in both the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate asking for an increase in funding to the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP). Join us in sending a message to your representatives in Albany TODAY asking them to add their names to this important letter. The deadline to sign on is this Friday so please take action right away!

Governor Cuomo announced his 2016-2017 budget proposals during the “State of the State” speech. This proposal is the beginning of the budget process, and as New Yorkers we can weigh in on what is important to our communities for the state’s budget. Send a message to your representatives in Albany to prioritize the Hunger Prevention Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) that many emergency food providers rely on. Take Action Now!


Take Action Now: Child Nutrition Reauthorization

In New York State, more than 1.8 Million children eat school lunch every day, and nearly half of those meals are eaten in NYC Public Schools. The Child Nutrition Act governs School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, WIC, and other federal programs that provide food and nutrition education to children and families. Congress authorizes this legislation every 5 years and is currently considering how to make improvements to programs that serve millions of children from infancy through adolescence. 

Send a message to your representatives in Congress to strengthen food service programs for children while protecting vital emergency food assistance. Take Action Now!

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Click here to read Food Bank For New York City's 2016 Priorites for New York City, New York State and Federal Policy.

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Past Advocacy Actions



Food Bank For New York City staff and representatives from our member charities traveled to Washington, D.C. this September to tell Congress: protect and strengthen anti-hunger programs. Read the recap here


#EFAPHelps: Thank you for supporting Emergency Food in NYC's Budget

New York City's Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) is a critical source of food for soup kitchens and food pantries across the five boroughs. The FY16 New York City budget included a $1.8 million increase to EFAP food funding. This increase in funding will allow more than 500 emergency food providers in all five borough to provide additional meals to New Yorkers in need. By acknowledging the need and increasing funding for EFAP, New York City is taking a step forward towards ending the meal gap.

You can thank the Mayor and City Council and urge continued support for emergency food in NYC - by clicking here. 


Take the #FoodBankNYCChallenge and call for stronger hunger-relief programs by documenting the struggle to afford food on a food stamp budget.  Then Challenge Congress to protect and strengthen food stamps (SNAP) by letting them know about your commitment to raise hunger awareness.


#FoodBank2Albany Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day

On February 25, Food Bank staff and representatives of member agencies from all five boroughs traveled to Albany to advocate for increased funding to emergency food programs.  In meetings with state legislators, we made the case for a $16.5 million funding increase to the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP), one of the State’s most vital anti-hunger resources.

New York’s most vulnerable families have lost more than 134 million meals since cuts to SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) were effected in November 2013. Food pantries and soup kitchens have confronted additional need without an adequate supply of food. The upcoming New York state budget proposes funding for HPNAP at $34.5 million, a funding level reached in past years through mid-year allocation of additional funds on top of the program’s $28 million baseline. Food Bank For New York City and its member food pantries and soup kitchens are requesting that baseline funding for HPNAP be increased to a total of $51 million.  This increase to the program would allow HPNAP to better meet increased need, and would mean Food Bank could provide approximately 675,000 additional meals.

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