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NEW YORK CITY'S EMERGENCY FOOD NETWORK VOICES SUPPORT FOR CUOMO ENDING FINGER-IMAGING REQUIREMENT FOR FOOD STAMP RECIPIENTS


For Immediate Release

May17, 2012

 

NEW YORK CITY'S EMERGENCY FOOD NETWORK VOICES SUPPORT FOR CUOMO ENDING FINGER-IMAGING REQUIREMENT FOR FOOD STAMP RECIPIENTS

 

In light of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement to end finger imaging requirement for all food stamp recipients, leaders of New York City’s emergency food network, who serve the 1.4 million New York City residents who rely on food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, were quick to voice their support for removing this stigma and barrier to food stamp participation.

Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of the Food Bank For New York City, said “We enthusiastically applaud Governor Cuomo for ending a practice that for too long has kept eligible low-income New Yorkers from the food resources they need. People should never be ashamed to seek out help. Ending this stigmatizing practice will take a barrier away from getting people the food they need for themselves and their families.”

"It is greatly appreciated that Governor Cuomo has joined our fight to feed the hungry, especially focusing on children. The time has come to remove the last barrier in order to enable every New Yorker equal access to food" said Anita Fein, Executive Director of St. Edward Food Pantry (Staten Island).

"Due to the economy and to so many people having to apply for food stamps in order to keep food on the table, finger imaging is another layer that prevents an Individual from feeding his/her family that is in desperate need of food," said Swami Durga Das, Executive Director, River Fund (Richmond Hill). "Therefore, finger imaging should not be a requirement for anyone to eat."

"Children are the future of our country, and the worst stigma any country or state can be associated with is the inability to provide for its children," said Reverend Melony Samuels, Executive Director of Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger (Brooklyn). "For this reason, New York City emergency food providers have increased access to food stamps with the understanding that any child that has access to healthy meals has a greater possibility to become an 'investor' in the future of his/her country."


"By reducing the barriers and increasing access to food stamps we will be investing in New York State's most important resource – its children," said Anthony Butler, Executive Director, St. John's Bread and Life (Brooklyn). "It is only by ensuring they have the tools for the future will we ensure that New York continues its call of striving ever higher – excelsior."

 

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