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
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.
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.
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."
Yesterday at Union Square Greenmarket in Manhattan, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), joined by "Top Chef" Tom Colicchio, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger's Joel Berg, and hunger advocates of all stripes, denounced cuts to SNAP/food stamps funding in the Farm Bill.