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#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.


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#FoodBank2Albany Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day

On February 25, Food Bank staff and representatives of member agencies from all five boroughs traveled to Albany to advocate for increased funding to emergency food programs.  In meetings with state legislators, we made the case for a $16.5 million funding increase to the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP), one of the State’s most vital anti-hunger resources.

New York’s most vulnerable families have lost more than 134 million meals since cuts to SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) were effected in November 2013. Food pantries and soup kitchens have confronted additional need without an adequate supply of food. The upcoming New York state budget proposes funding for HPNAP at $34.5 million, a funding level reached in past years through mid-year allocation of additional funds on top of the program’s $28 million baseline. Food Bank For New York City and its member food pantries and soup kitchens are requesting that baseline funding for HPNAP be increased to a total of $51 million.  This increase to the program would allow HPNAP to better meet increased need, and would mean Food Bank could provide approximately 675,000 additional meals.


As part of our 2014 GoOrange campaign, Food Bank members from throughout NYC stormed Capitol Hill September 18th to advocate for full funding for the federal Emergency Food Assistance Program – a $50 million increase from current funding levels.  Read the full recap here.


Candidate Forums

Food Bank For New York City presented a series of Candidate Forums in competitive New York State Legislator races, in partnership with local member emergency food agencies and media partner DNAinfo New York. Hundreds of New Yorkers joined Food Bank and our host member organizations to learn candidates' positions on issues important to the community. 


Voter Registration

Ahead of primary election season, Food Bank For New York City’s network of emergency food programs hosted voter registration drives throughout the five boroughs. Many members offer year-round voter registration opportunities. Member Agencies can learn more about hosting voter registration drives by contacting our Community Mobilization Manager.

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