ELECTED OFFICIALS

Thank you for your support during the current food crisis. Now, let’s use this energy to break free from our limits of imagination and end hunger in New York once and for all.

COVID-19 generated a food emergency on a scale not seen since the Great Depression. But with the support of our state’s governor, farmers, food processors, donors and volunteers, we were able to increase the amount of food distributed through New York’s food banks by 50% in just a couple of months. This response provides proof that, if properly funded, a coalition of government, private industry, food banks and individuals can end hunger in New York State.

What we need right now from our elected officials.

SUPPORT FULL EMPLOYMENT AT A LIVING WAGE

Both major political parties agree that fostering conditions that create jobs is among their highest priorities, and as a government representative, it is the single best thing you can do to reduce food insecurity.

OUR ASK: Prioritize job creation and use a reduction in food insecurity as your primary metric of success.

FUND SNAP & WIC

Millions of New Yorkers rely on SNAP, the New York State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children), to feed themselves and their families. These programs provide important support to hungry families, and by supporting the food market, they are an important economic development tool for struggling farms and communities. Let us end the uncertainty and fully fund these programs.

OUR ASK: Fund SNAP and WIC securely and to a level that meets the full community demand.

SUPPORT NEW YORK’S FOOD BANKS

New York’s food banks have proven capable, when properly funded, of coordinating donations from farmers, food processors, private foundations and individual donors and volunteers.

OUR ASK: Support New York’s food bank network

How New York’s food banks responded to the COVID-19 crisis

  • Greatly increased direct distribution – hand-delivering thousands of meals directly to homes
  • Distributed masks and sanitizers in addition to food
  • Added new programs to help combat isolation with “companion calls” and “mental health checks” 
  • Sought out more shelf-stable proteins
  • Set up offsite HUB system to pack food boxes, added new delivery partners / drive-thru food distribution across the state
  • Developed low social contact boxes
  • Moved weekly cooking classes to Facebook Live