September 28, 2016 – Anti-Hunger advocates representing emergency food providers from every NYC Congressional District traveled to Washington, DC for Food Bank’s fifth annual Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day: GoOrange2DC. Attendees had the opportunity to meet with members and staff of New York City’s entire Congressional delegation, including Representatives Yvette Clarke, Nydia Velázquez, and Jerrold Nadler to call for supporting anti-hunger policy priorities.
Advocates urged their representatives in Washington to support legislation that protects food support in our country with the following priorities:
- Protecting the 1.7 million New Yorkers receiving SNAP benefits as the first line of defense against hunger by defending SNAP from harmful policy proposals that could diminish the program’s reach and impact on food insecure individuals across the country. Advocates also called on an end to the arbitrary time-limit benefits for certain jobless adults (ABAWDS) as there should be no barrier, impediment or time limit to receiving assistance when in need.
- Defending the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act from harmful block granting provisions, which would leave the national school nutrition program unregulated and susceptible to limitations in its effectiveness in serving those children who benefit from the programs. These leaders also lent their support to a Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill that works without taking much needed funding from any other anti-hunger program.
- Supporting the full funding of appropriated dollars to The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) which provides commodities for distribution by emergency food providers. TEFAP is the single largest source of funding for emergency food providers and it is essential that all aspects of the program including storage and distribution costs, purchasing, and infrastructure are fully funded.
See photos and more from the day by following #GoOrange2DC then join advocates by sending 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!