Food Bank President & CEO to Chair Governor Cuomo's New Anti-Hunger Task Force
December 9, 2013
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of the New York State Anti-Hunger Task Force, which will bring together experts, advocates and state and local officials to combat hunger and improve access to locally grown and produced fresh foods. Margarette Purvis, President & CEO of Food Bank For New York City, was selected to chair the newly created advisory group.
Governor Cuomo described the initiative as a way to "enhance the effectiveness of our fight against hunger by better coordinating the significant public and private resources already dedicated to this important issue." The move comes at a crucial time, as Purvis explained: "Since the Great Recession, hunger has reached unprecedented levels in our state and city. Recent cuts to the vital food resources the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides low-income New Yorkers makes this a time of particularly urgent need."
Read the Governor's press release
The Faces of Need
November 27, 2013
"This is the time for food lines. No, not the ones where people wait to buy artisanal cheeses, organic turkeys and handmade pies for Thanksgiving. It’s the time for food lines because the end of the month is near, which for many families means their food stamp allotment has run out and dollars are tight."
Click here to see the full New York Times photo essay.
Photos by Joey O'Laughlin.
"While the persistent image of the hungry in New York is that of the bedraggled, single homeless man, the real faces of need look much different."
On Nov 1st, 47 Million People Saw Their Food Stamp Benefits Slashed
November 1, 2013
These cuts will affect people of all ages and all walks of life.
As of today, the 2009 anti-recession boost to the federal SNAP program expired, slashing benefits to tens of millions of the most vulnerable Americans. As Food Bank recently reported, even at pre-cut levels, 75% of NYC SNAP recipients find their benefits only last through the first three weeks of the month.
Food Bank President and CEO Margarette Purvis spoke with MSNBC's Chris Hayes about the Hunger Cliff and the effects of the recent cuts. Click below to watch: