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Farm Bill Reauthorization

About the Farm Bill

The Farm Bill is federal legislation passed by the United States Congress every five years. The legislation addresses a range of agricultural and food-related policies, including farm insurance, conservation, and nutrition assistance. 

The next Farm Bill has the power to protect New Yorkers – and people across the nation – from hunger. Right now, we have an important opportunity to make our voices heard for a Strong Farm Bill For NYC!  


Originally enacted in 1933 as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to relieve struggling farmers, the Farm Bill became an omnibus, multiyear law that that has governed an array of agricultural and food programs for nearly 100 years. 

Since the addition of the Nutrition Title in 1973, the Farm Bill has also included the re-authorization of funding for food assistance programs, most notably the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), originally known as the Food Stamp Program. 

The 1980s and 1990s were a time of increasing social and financial inequality, and the programs within the Nutrition Title suffered major cutbacks. As social safety net programs were cut, community food assistance programs like food pantries and community kitchens became the backstop against hunger. 90% of Food Banks in the United States were established after 1981. 


Food Bank For New York City and our partners across the food assistance network rely on federal Farm Bill programs like The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) to fulfill our mission of empowering New Yorkers to achieve food security for good. Additionally, millions of New Yorkers including families with children, older adults, and people with disabilities, rely on Farm Bill programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to afford the nutritious food they need to thrive 

1.8 million New York City Residents

1.8 million New York City residents participate in SNAP, making up 60 percent of all New York State residents participating in this program. 

32 million meals

TEFAP provided over 32 million meals to New York last year alone, about half of the food Food Bank For New York City. 

35,000 New York State Older Adults

Over 35,000 older adults in New York State rely on food from CSFP to meet their nutritional needs each month. Food Bank For New York City distributes over 2 million pounds of food through CSFP. 

Call Your Representatives

Link to find your reps:

Call script: “Hello, my name is ___, and I’m a constituent and voter in your district. I would like to leave a message for the person who handles policy or the Farm Bill. The message is: Use your voice to protect critical anti-hunger programs in the 2023 Farm Bill Reauthorization. Farm Bill programs like SNAP, TEFAP, and CSFP are lifelines for people struggling to put food on the table. SNAP provides 9 meals for every 1 that food banks provide and is our nation’s best anti-hunger tool. TEFAP and CSFP allow pantries to provide food when other resources are not enough to meet people’s basic needs. These critical programs are under attack. Please do all you can to protect these resources for people in need.

[Feel free to include your personal story here about why food security matters to you].

Thank you for your time.”

Take Action 

Reauthorization for the 2023 Farm Bill is happening now, and we need your help to protect vital programs and make this a strong bill for a stronger NYC.

Email your Representatives

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Text “Food Bank” to 44654

Farm Bill Postcard

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Amplify on Social

Raise Your Voice for a strong Farm Bill for New York City today! Download the images below to share information and key statistics on the impact of the Farm Bill in New York City.  

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Food Bank in Action

Check out our Farm Bill Campaign events and activations.


Leslie Gordon's NY1 Interview

Watch our CEO Leslie Gordon’s NY1 interview discussing how the Farm Bil reauthorization will impact New Yorkers.

Elevating Voices

Watch our Farm Bill 101 Webinar from 9/20!

‘The Farm Bill’: Op Ed from CEOs of FBNYC, City Harvest & UWNY

Read FBNYC CEO Leslie Gordon’s remarks on the importance of the Farm Bill in the fight against hunger.

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