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The Capitol Pressroom: State budget leaves New Yorkers hungry

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BY DAVID LOMBARDO
PUBLISHED MAY 20th, 2024

Feeding New York State Executive Director Dan Egan discusses what the state budget does – and doesn’t do – to combat hunger in the Empire State.

Feeding New York State’s Statement on the FY25 NYS Budget

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Albany, NY – April 25, 2024 – Feeding New York State, the state association of New York’s 10 Feeding America food banks, applauds state leaders for negotiating a budget that includes critical funding to alleviate hunger.

Spectrum News: Lawmakers go food shopping to argue for higher SNAP benefits in New York

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MAR. 27, 2024
BY JACK ARPEY, NEW YORK STATE
Two state lawmakers are pushing to increase the minimum SNAP benefit in New York state, which presently sits at $23 per month. Syracuse area state Senator Rachel May and Queens Assembly Member Jessica González-Rojas want to see that raised to $100 per month.

To demonstrate why, they went shopping Wednesday in Albany to see just how much $23 a month can buy. While prices vary from store to store and community to community, the point was clear.

They started out shopping for breakfast, and with only a handful of items in the shopping cart, they didn’t make it even to lunch.

Spectrum News: New York advocates concerned about proposed cuts to food insecurity program

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February 22, 2024
BY CASEY BORTNICK AND CAPITAL TONIGHT STAFF NEW YORK STATE

Food assistance organizations across New York state have been seeing an uptick in the number of people in need of a helping hand. They often rely on resources like the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program, or HPNAP, and Nourish New York. But now, many advocates are concerned about proposed cuts to HPNAP. Dan Egan, executive director of Feeding New York State, joined Capital Tonight Wednesday to discuss the topic.

Spectrum News: Increase in SNAP benefits, free school meals gets bipartisan support from New York lawmakers

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February 14, 2024
BY JACK ARPEY, NEW YORK STATE

Advocates and lawmakers from both parties gathered at the New York state Capitol Wednesday to push for more funding to fight food insecurity.

They’re calling for increased funding for several programs designed to make it easier for New Yorkers in need to access healthy meals.

“There should be no shame in needing help, having a program to supplement your grocery bill doesn’t signify and sense of failure,” said Whitley Hasty, benefits navigation coordinator at Foodlink in Rochester.

Spectrum News: Major Upstate New York food retailers, health advocates call for SNAP increase

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JAN. 31, 2024
BY TIM WILLIAMS, NEW YORK STATE
Health advocates and major upstate New York food retailers including Price Chopper and Tops Friendly Markets are calling for an increase in the SNAP program to combat food insecurity in the Empire State via letters sent to Gov. Kathy Hochul.