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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. The de Blasio Administration and the City Council have reached agreement in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 New York City budget to increase funding for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) beyond FY 2016 levels. You can read the statement from Margarette Purvis on FY '17 NYC Budget here, then take action to send an E-Thank You to Mayor de Blasio, and leaders in the City Council here.


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: 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!

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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.


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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