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US Census Releases 2011 Poverty Data - shows NY State Poverty increase of 6%

Posted by nyccah blog on September 12, 2012

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today states that the national 2011 poverty rate is 15% or 46.2 million Americans are currently living in poverty.    
 
More specifically, the number of New York State residents living below the poverty line, $17,916 for a family of 3, increased 6% from 2008-2011, according to new federal Census data released today. More than 3.1 million state residents – 1 in 6 – now live in poverty.
 


"Let's Move" Webinars Available to Community and Faith-Based Organizations

Posted by nyccah blog on September 7, 2012

In conjuction with the comprehensive "Let's Move" initiative, launch by First Lady Michelle Obama, monthly webinars provide essential information on how to engage community on hunger and childhood obesity related issues. The "Let's Move" campaign strives to end childhood obesity within a generation by teaching children to lead a healthy future, providing parents and caretakers with tips on building encourging environment, promoting healthier foods in schools, and ensuring all families have equal access to healthy, affordable food.
 


With School Year Drawing Near, Breakfast in the Classroom is Drawing More Attention

Posted by nyccah blog on August 22, 2012

Today, the New York City Council will vote on two resolutions regarding breakfast in the classroom.  One resolution calls on the Mayor to mandate breakfast in the classroom in every classroom at all public schools.  If the Mayor fails to act, the second resolution calls on the state legislature to mandate the program.  Currently, two-thirds of the kids eating lunch in New York City schools do not get breakfast at school.  The Food Research Action Center (FRAC), a D.C.-based, anti-hunger group, released a report showing that New York City ranks last in breakfast participation, out of over 2


NYCCAH Launches National Service Initiative in Denver

Posted by admin on August 8, 2012

The New York City Coalition Against Hunger, in a public/private partnership with the ConAgra Foundation, held the first ever "Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service" conference in Denver, Colorado.  The conference marked the beginning of a national initiative to engage volunteers in thinking about addressing hunger in ways that reach beyond the traditional food drive.  “We want to help Americans better utilize both their hearts and their heads fighting hunger,” said Joel Berg, executive Director of the Coalition Against Hunger.  “The new effort will encourage Americans to engage in anti-hun


Head of USDA's Food and Nutrition Service Visits Fresh Food Distribution Sites in the Bronx

Posted by admin on August 1, 2012

 
Yesterday, Audrey Rowe, Administrator of the United States Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service, joined NYCCAH at two of its programs in the Bronx bringing fresh, affordable food to communities facing record poverty, food hardship, and obesity.
 


NYCCAH Executive Director Joel Berg drops by the set of MSNBC's "Up with Chris" to talk Farm Bill

Posted by admin on July 16, 2012

This past weekend, NYCCAH Executive Director Joel Berg dropped by the set of MSNBC's "Up with Chris" for a panel discussion on the politics of the Farm Bill.
 
Joined by New York Times' columnist Mark Bittman, Editor and Publisher of The Nation magazine Katrina vanden Heuvel and others, Joel talks about the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) and massive cuts to the program being deliberated in Congress.
 


Pioneering Project Brings Farm-Fresh Produce to Long Island City

Posted by admin on July 10, 2012

The fifth season of the Long Island City Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) began Wednesday, June 6th, 2012, and will continue every Wednesday through November 7th, 2012. Read more...


Media Matters Asserts USA Today is Downplaying U.S. Food Insecurity

Posted by admin on July 7, 2012

Media Matters for America asserts in a recent blog post that a USA Today editorial "is downplaying poverty and food insecurity in America, and using Fox News talking points to justify a push to cut vital and effective anti-poverty programs."


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