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The Farm Bill’s Corporate Hypocrisy

Posted by mfriedman on July 22, 2013

By Joel Berg

I agree with the ultra-conservative Club for Growth. That's not a phrase I thought I'd ever write, but I agree with their opposition to the wasteful, deficit-busting, market-distorting, corporate welfare in the Farm Bill recently passed by the House. Here is the best explanation of the corporate welfare hypocrisy in the bill: 

The Nation Article Focuses on House Farm Bill

Posted by mfriedman on July 15, 2013
Thanks to Greg Kaufmann at The Nation for focusing on how the Farm Bill passed by the House last week - with no SNAP provision - will devastate millions of hungry Americans. Read the full article below.


Special Interests Triumph Over Hungry Americans in House Farm Bill Vote

Posted by mfriedman on July 11, 2013

Statement by Joel Berg, Executive Director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, in Response to House Passage of Farm Bill

2013 Summer Meal Sites!

Posted by admin on July 4, 2013

Statistics show that food insecurity increases among children over the summer. This is because children that would normally have access to free lunch through the School Meals Program do not have that access over the summer. The Summer Meals Program is dedicated to ensuring that children under the age of 18 still have access to a nutritious meal while school is out for the summer. The map on this website lists all of the locations where summer meals will be served during summer months.


Support Food Secure NYC 2018

Posted by mfriedman on June 27, 2013

Poverty, hunger, and obesity are soaring in New York City, while local and regional farmers struggle to make a living.

That is why we are asking organizations to sign-on to an important new partnership, Food Secure New York City 2018, a comprehensive initiative aimed at ensuring that key stakeholders (including the candidates for mayor) commit to a plan to end hunger and ensure access to nutritious, affordable, and convenient food for all New Yorkers through a revamped food system that creates jobs, aids workers, bolsters businesses, and protects the environment.

White House Opposes Farm Bill Slashing SNAP

Posted by mfriedman on June 18, 2013

The New York City Coalition Against Hunger commends the White House for strongly opposing the House Farm Bill and proposed cuts to SNAP. The legislation proposes a $20 billion cut to SNAP.

In a statement of administrative policy, the Administration noted that, “The bill would reduce access to food assistance for struggling families and their children, does not contain sufficient commodity and crop insurance reforms, and does not provide funding for renewable energy, which is an important source of jobs and economic growth in rural communities across the country.”

Sister Tesa Fitzgerald Honored at White House

Posted by mfriedman on June 18, 2013

The New York City Coalition Against Hunger would like to congratulate Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, of Hour Children, for being honored by the White House as a "Champion of Change" for her commitment to children of the incarcerated.

Selected for this designation, Sister Tesa and 11 other leaders from across the nation were feted at the White House in an exciting event that included Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, and Senior Advisor to the President, Valerie Jarrett.

Participation in Summer Meals in New York Continues to Fall Short

Posted by mfriedman on June 11, 2013

[New York, New York] – June 11, 2013 – Participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs continues to fall short in New York, with only 313,175 low-income children receiving summer meals on an average day in July 2012, according to a new national report released today. The New York City Coalition Against Hunger noted that the 2.1% decrease compounded longer-term problems from the previous July, and summer meals only reached 27.6 children for every 100 low-income children who got regular school year school meals in the 2011-2012 school year.

NYCCAH Joins Speaker Quinn to Announce Post-Hurricane Sandy Legislative Package

Posted by mfriedman on June 5, 2013

Today NYCCAH Executive Director Joel Berg, and Director of Policy, Advocacy & Organizing Lisa Levy, joined NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn to announce a post-hurricane Sandy 10-bill legislative package to better prepare the city for future disasters and emergencies.

NYCCAH Executive Director Advocates Against SNAP Cuts in Washington D.C.

Posted by mfriedman on June 5, 2013

This week, New York City Coalition Against Hunger Executive Director Joel Berg met with key elected officials in Washington D.C. to advocate against cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the Farm Bill as part of a Share Our Strength conference. Mr. Berg was joined by anti-hunger advocates, including celebrity chef Marc Murphy.

Advocates met with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and thanked her for her extraordinary leadership on the issue. Senator Gillibrand sponsored an amendment to the Farm Bill which would restore all SNAP funding.