New York City emergency food providers from every borough mobilized to the State Capitol for FoodBank2Albany, the New York State anti-hunger advocacy day, to urge Legislators to increase investment in the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) to $51 million in the 2017-2018 state budget.
Thousands of New Yorkers joined the campaign for increased HPNAP funding by signing on their support to postcards that were delivered to the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo during the day. Advocates also met with dozens of elected officials and representatives from the New York City delegation of State Legislators.
Providers shared the first-hand experiences of their constituents to underline that current funding for HPNAP is insufficient. While emergency food programs work every day to help New Yorkers in need, nearly half of food pantries and soup kitchens in New York City reported that they had run out of food in September of 2016.
Food Bank For New York City would like to thank all of our member organizations for fighting for our neighbors in need. You can help support New York’s emergency food network too by telling your state representatives to support HPNAP today – Take Action Now!