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Support Food Secure NYC 2018

Posted by mallen 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 mallen 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 mallen 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 mallen 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 mallen 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 mallen 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.

SNAP & HEAP are Necessary to Protect the Mentally Ill

Posted by mallen on June 3, 2013

By Lisa Levy

USDA Releases Vital Study on Child Hunger

Posted by mallen on June 3, 2013

The USDA just released a vital new study on child hunger.

The report finds that nationwide, 75 percent of households with food insecure children had one or more adults in the labor force, including 60 percent with a full-time worker.

Working families should be able to feed their children. We must raise the minimum wage in America and New York State, and expand the existing living wage law in New York City.

Summer Food Service Guide Available Now!

Posted by mallen on May 29, 2013

Each summer, millions of children that rely on free and reduced-price meals during the school year lose easy access to those meals. Therefore, child hunger during the summer increases.

A solution to reducing summer hunger is to expand access to the federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). For two years, the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps, an AmeriCorps VISTA project, has included enhancing the Summer Food Service Program in multiple states as a central goal.

May 21st City Council Hearing

Posted by mallen on May 21, 2013

On May 21st NYCCAH staffers Lisa Levy, Director of Policy, Advocacy, and Organizing, and Joshua Rivera, Policy, Advocacy, and Organizing Associate, attended a New York City Council hearing of the General Welfare and Finance Committees on the 2014 budget.