Advocacy

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

 

Our Response: Farm Bill 2018

On June 21, the House of Representatives narrowly passed their version of a Farm Bill, which would take food away from millions of people across our country, including 1.6 million New Yorkers, who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is the cornerstone of the nutrition safety net and is critical in helping low-income children and families get the food and nutrition they need. Cuts to SNAP are unacceptable, and we oppose policies that affect New Yorkers who depend on it.

We are heartened by the Senate’s bipartisan version of a Farm Bill, passed on June 28, which would protect and strengthen SNAP for millions of people in New York City and across our country who depend on it to feed themselves and their families.

City Harvest is working hard each day to rescue and deliver food for our neighbors in need, but food insecurity in our city and around the country is simply too big to address without national government programs that are proven to provide vital nutrition to families struggling to make ends meet. For every meal that the Feeding America network provides, SNAP provides 12 meals.

As legislation progresses, we will continue to work with Feeding America and our local, state, and federal elected officials and advocate for a bill that protects SNAP and food access for everyone across our country.

Join with us and Feeding America to raise your voice to protect SNAP.

Our Advocacy Work

Through our work across New York City’s five boroughs over the past 35 years, we have a unique perspective on the needs of communities affected by hunger.

We recognize that a lack of access to healthy, affordable food, and in turn diet-related diseases such as obesity and diabetes, are important public health issues, which must be addressed both through direct programming and through broader policy change which can have long-lasting impact.

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.

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