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Achieving Food Security in the State Budget

We need YOUR VOICE! Send a letter urging your state legislator to support fully funding food assistance programs before the New York State Budget is set April 1!

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Food pantries are struggling to meet the growing need for assistance.

More families in need across New York City and state are turning to food pantries for support amid rising food prices and the end of pandemic-era benefits.

But there’s hope.

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We’re fighting to fully fund food assistance programs.

Join us in urging elected officials to work with Governor Kathy Hochul to guarantee programs that help food banks like ours feed families are fully funded in 2024. By doing so, you’ll help provide more New Yorkers with nutritious food, sourced from local food producers who supply food banks like ours across the state.

See our top three state budget priorities below.

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Increasing investments for New York’s food assistance network

Food banks, pantries, and emergency food providers serve as a critical lifeline for our non-citizen neighbors (often excluded from federal nutrition programs like SNAP) with help from The Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) & Nourish NY (NNY).

NYC food pantries supported by HPNAP
in food distributed by NNY in 2020
NYS food producers supported by NNY

Strengthen SNAP benefits & tax credits in New York State

New York State can be a leader in food security by increasing access to SNAP, our nation’s most effective food and nutrition program by investing in the NYS Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP). 2023 impacts:

households assisted
in SNAP benefits to New Yorkers
in economic activity

Enact the New York State Working Families Tax Credit

As one of the nation’s largest free federal tax filers, Food Bank For NYC understands how the Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC) can lift children out of poverty while bolstering the economy. See its potential impact below.

children lifted out of poverty
reduction in children living in deep poverty
in fully refundable tax credits back into parents’ pockets

Act now to support critical food assistance programs!

Raise your voice to ensure that our local food pantries can feed more New Yorkers in 2024!

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