Food Bank News: How New Laws on Surplus Food Will Impact Food Banks

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March 28, 2022 — Food banks in California and New York are preparing for a potential uptick in donations as grocers, restaurants and other food producers comply with new state laws that require them to donate surplus edible food, rather than send it to landfills.

Times Union Commentary: Lawmakers, take these steps to fight hunger

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March 23, 2022 — Gov. Kathy Hochul and the New York state Legislature are working right now on a budget that determines funding levels for New York’s emergency food programs. Here in the Empire State, we take care of each other. And in that spirit we have but one simple ask for our elected officials: Do not leave struggling New Yorkers out in the cold.

MEDIA ADVISORY: New York State Food Banks Host House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern for a Visit Focused on Local Solutions to Ending Hunger

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Albany, NY- November 26 2021 – New York State food banks and hunger advocacy organizations welcome Congressman James P. McGovern (MA-02), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Co-Chair of House Hunger Caucus, to New York City for a roundtable discussion focused on ending hunger in America. This visit is part of a series of Rules Committee events highlighting the reality of food insecurity in America and examining the steps that Congress and the Biden administration could take to equitably combat it.

Feeding New York State & NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Working Together to End Hunger and Food Waste

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Albany, NY- September 15, 2021 – Feeding New York State, the support organization for the state’s network of ten food banks, is working closely with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to implement a three-year plan to divert some 37 million pounds of perfectly edible, “excess” food from entering landfills and, instead, be donated to any one of the food banks, food pantries or hunger relief organizations around the state.

SUNY for All Information Session

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On March 24, FeedingNYS Executive Director Dan Egan Participated in an information session about SUNY For All. This initiative connects New Yorkers financially impacted by COVID and food insecurity with SUNY’s free Online Training Center. As part of the initiative, SUNY provides auto-enrollment of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits—expanded by Governor Andrew Cuomo last fall—for students in the Rochester area attending SUNY’s free Online Training Center, or the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center or Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking labs. FeedingNYS is a critical part of this initiative.

We invite anyone interested to view the replay of this session to learn more. There is opportunity and support for our neighbors in need.

New York Farmers Donated 8,028,541 Pounds of Food to New Yorkers in Need; 2nd Highest in Nation

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The American Farm Bureau Federation recognized New York Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) program for its efforts to donate more than eight million pounds of food to the regional food banks across the state last year.

Dan Egan, Executive Director of Feeding New York State, said, “New York’s food banks are so grateful to our farm partners for another fantastic year. It is remarkable that in a year marked by challenging weather and dominated by a historic pandemic, New York’s farmers continued their tradition of generous giving to our neighbors in need. We could not do our jobs if farmers did not do theirs. We at Feeding New York State thank you from the bottom of our hearts. ”