On Monday, November 20, 2017, policy makers, community leaders and advocates joined Food Bank For New York City’s annual Legislative Breakfast to learn more about the anti-hunger network’s legislative and policy successes within the past year, as well as priorities for the coming year. At this year’s event, generously hosted by InterContinental New York Barclay, Food Bank released new research titled Trade-Offs at the Dinner Table: The impacts of Unwanted Compromises. The report provides data on the challenges that emergency food providers face as they work to serve New Yorkers struggling with food insecurity, as well as perspectives and opportunities facing policy makers on protecting the anti-hunger safety net.
Congressman Jerrold Nadler joined the event for special remarks which stressed the importance of fighting for stronger anti-hunger priorities in the upcoming Farm Bill Negotiations. Food Bank was proud to honor three members of the New York City Council: Council Member Stephen Levin, and Council Member Barry Grodenchick received Food Bank For New York City Freedom From Want Award for their leadership in efforts to increase funding for New York City’s Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP). Additionally, Council Member Dan Garodnick received a special Leadership Award for his ongoing support and commitment to ending hunger in New York City throughout his tenure in the City Council.
Assembly Members Richard Gottfried and David Weprin as well as New York City Council Member-Elect Keith Powers were also in attendance at the event which began with a personal story from Rosemarie Cruz, a client who received assistance applying for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at Food Bank’s Community Kitchen in Harlem.
Food Bank would like to share special thank you to all speakers and honorees, as well as representatives from member agencies in attendance, including: Another Choice Youth and Family Outreach Inc., Cathedral Community Cares, Holy Innocent Food Pantry, Inspirational Gospel Assembly, Jamaica SDA Church, La Jornada, Liberty Baptist Church, Masbia Soup Kitchen Network, Met Council on Jewish Poverty, NCJW NY, NY Common Pantry, Part of the Solution (POTS), RHOW Brooklyn, RIVER FUND, Vets Inc., and the West Side Campaign Against Hunger.