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Take Action Now: Protect and Strengthen Federal Nutrition Programs!

Urge your representatives of Congress to protect and strengthen federal nutrition programs that provide a critical safety net and help millions of struggling households. Approximately 1.7 million New Yorkers many of them women, children and seniors rely on emergency food and other anti-hunger programs. Send a message to your representatives in Congress to strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and food service programs for children while protecting vital emergency food assistance. Take Action Now!

Take Action Now: Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD)

The Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) provision strips needed SNAP benefits from people between the ages of 18 and 49 who do not have minor children or other dependents in their home after three months of unemployment. This three-month limit is less than half the average length of unemployment in the US today, making this provision especially arbitrary and punitive. You can help by telling Congress to  support those facing time limits -  Take Action Now!

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

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Past Advocacy Actions

2016 GoOrange2DC

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.

2016 EFAP Helps

Community leaders, emergency food providers and anti-hunger advocates from across the City called on City Hall to increasing funding for EFAP. Learn more about the EFAP Helps campaign here.

2016 FoodBank2Albany

Dozens of emergency food providers from New York City joined representatives from across New York State to call for an increase in funding for the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) to $51M in the coming State budget. Read the recap 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.

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