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. Read more here, then help by tell Congress to support those facing time
limits. Take Action Now!
Take Action Now: Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP)
New York City government
provides support to the emergency food network through Emergency Food
Assistance Program (EFAP) funding. Last year, New York City took a step in the
right direction to help close the Meal Gap by investing in EFAP, but the
FY17 preliminary budget takes away needed food dollars from a network of
providers already straining to meet community need. You can help support a
stronger safety net by sharing your support with Mayor de Blasio for increased
EFAP funding in FY17. Take
Take Action Now: Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR)
In New York State, more than 1.8 Million children eat school lunch
every day, and nearly half of those meals are eaten in NYC Public Schools. The Child
Nutrition Act governs School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, WIC, and other
federal programs that provide food and nutrition education to children and
families. Congress authorizes this legislation every 5 years and is currently
considering how to make improvements to programs that serve millions of
children from infancy through adolescence.
Send a message to your
representatives in Congress to strengthen food service programs for children
while protecting vital emergency food assistance. Take Action Now!
Click here to read Food Bank For New York City's 2016 Priorites for New York City, New York State and Federal Policy.
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Past Advocacy Actions
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.
#EFAPHelps: Thank you for supporting Emergency Food in NYC's Budget
New York City's Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) is a
critical source of food for soup kitchens and food pantries across the five
boroughs. The FY16 New York City budget included a $1.8 million increase to EFAP food funding. This increase in funding will allow more than 500 emergency food providers in all five borough to provide additional meals to New Yorkers in need. By acknowledging the need and increasing funding for EFAP, New York City is taking a step forward towards ending the meal gap.
You can thank the Mayor and City Council and urge continued support for emergency food in NYC - by clicking 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.