Advocacy

We believe that all New Yorkers should have equal access to healthy, affordable food.

Through our work across New York City’s five boroughs over the past 37 years, we have a unique perspective on the needs of communities affected by hunger.

We’re working with partners in communities across the city to ensure that residents stay informed about anti-hunger policies and programs, and we’re advocating for equity and inclusion in the decision making process that shapes the local food system. In addition, we engage elected officials at the city, state and federal levels to help shape policies that address hunger and food insecurity.

Communicating with City, State, and Congressional elected officials is an effective way to build, strengthen, and protect policies that support food access for all New Yorkers. We’ve put together a primer on how to get involved—check it out.

Advocate for legislation that will help the growing number of New Yorkers and people across the country who are experiencing food insecurity because of the economic crisis resulting from COVID-19.

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Learn more about federal legislation enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Administration proposed a rule to change how the poverty level is measured. The changes would result in fewer families being counted as below the poverty level, meaning thousands of low-income households could lose access to vital benefits.

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On March 13, the D.C. federal district court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the rule on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs), postponing the rule.

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No New Yorker should have to choose between putting food on the table and living in our city and country.

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Everyone in New York City and across the country should have access to the food they need to thrive.

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We remain committed to ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to nutritious food no matter what happens in Washington, DC.

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We advocate to protect and strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that millions of people across the country rely on to feed themselves and their families.

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