Advocacy

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

 

Our Response: Farm Bill 2018

Right now, Congress is debating a new Farm Bill that includes changes that would dramatically weaken the Supplemental Nutrition Access Program (SNAP), which is the cornerstone of our nation’s nutrition assistance safety net and is critical in helping low-income children and families get the food and nutrition they need.

Cuts to SNAP would mean that millions of New Yorkers and people across the country who depend on it will struggle even more 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.