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The Farm Bill

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Join Food Bank For New York City in the following advocacy opportunities:

  • Contact your Representative – Send an email to your Congress Member about the importance of the Farm Bill for the most vulnerable among us.
  • Sign your organization onto the national petition - Join organizations across the country in a unified message about protecting and strengthening anti-hunger programs in the Farm Bill.
  • Conduct Voter Registration– Food Bank will support voter registration drives at emergency food programs across the city. If you or your organization would like to participate, please contact Roxanne Henry.

The Farm Bill, negotiated by Congress every five years, represents our nation’s most significant investment to prevent hunger in America. The negotiations are opportunities to protect and strengthen the key programs — food stamps (SNAP) and emergency food (TEFAP) — that make up much of our safety net against hunger. Unfortunately, members of Congress are proposing to slash food stamp benefits, making it even harder for low-income individuals and families to keep food on the table at a time when food pantries and soup kitchens have lost resources and are struggling to meet the need.

More than 46 million Americans — including 1.8 million New York City residents — rely on food stamps (SNAP) to keep food on the table. Proposals in the House and Senate would cut billions of dollars from SNAP, which primarily benefit the most vulnerable among us: children, seniors and people with disabilities.

New York City’s emergency food network has lost 11 million meals in the past year alone as a result of cuts to TEFAP. SNAP cuts will only increase demand at food pantries and soup kitchens already struggling to stretch their limited resources — and leave millions of vulnerable children, seniors and families with nowhere to turn.

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