The Advocacy Center serves to educate people about the personal, political and social issues related to hunger
Take Action Against Proposed SNAP Cuts
(posted January 31, 2014)
The House of Representatives passed its version of the Farm Bill that includes $9 billion in additional cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). This issue is not over and there is still time for you to raise your voice before the Bill makes its way to the Senate and then The White House.
Here are 3 quick and easy ways to help:
1. CALL Senator Schumer at (202) 224-6542 and President Barack Obama at (202) 456-1111 and them to vote “No” on the Farm Bill;
2. EMAIL an auto-generated letter to the Senate and The White House right now—it only takes 30 seconds;
3. TWEET a message to @whitehouse (and if you’re a New Yorker, to @SenSchumer too). Here are some sample messages:
- Your vote is too close to home. Say NO #SNAPcuts @SenSchumer @WhiteHouse
- #SNAPcuts are wrong! Use your veto! @BarackObama @WhiteHouse
Not only are these cuts cruel, but their ripple effects will be felt by everyone in New York and around the country. We need every New Yorker – and every American – to stand with us and help make Congress work to protect and improve our anti-hunger resources and send the message that those on SNAP are not alone.
Don't let Congress push us over the Hunger Cliff!!
(posted September 20, 2013)
(posted August 22, 2013)
Calling All Food Bank Agency Partners - Take Action Against Cuts to Programs like SNAP and TEFAP!
Our nation’s leaders are in the midst of a debate that could have dramatic impacts on those of us here in the Southern Tier fighting to end hunger in our local communities.
This past July, the House of Representatives passed a Farm Bill that did not include the nutrition title, which covers funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program formerly known as Food Stamps. This means that the future funding of SNAP and other critical anti-hunger programs, including The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), is now in jeopardy.
We cannot afford to cut programs like SNAP and TEFAP:
· The need for food assistance remains high in the Southern Tier and continues to grow
· Cuts to SNAP will increase demand at local food pantries, soup kitchens and other hunger-relief agencies while cuts to TEFAP will reduce the amount of funding for food available to these agencies
· 2.8 million New York residents live in poverty, more than 40% of whom are children or seniors
· More than 87,000 Southern Tier residents live in poverty
· The Food Bank and its member agencies rely on programs such as TEFAP that provide staple foods, such as lean meats, low-fat milk, and fruits and vegetables that nourish the hungry
Three ways you can help:
1. Submit a letter to Congressman Tom Reed (NY’s 23rd District) or Congressman Richard Hanna (NY’s 22nd district), urging them to vote for a Farm Bill that does not cut the nutrition title and reduce funding for SNAP.
· Click here for sample letter.
(Please send a duplicate copy of your letter to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier)
2. Submit a Letter to the Editor in your local newspaper, sharing why SNAP matters to you and the thousands of people here in the Southern Tier who depend on it.
· Click here for sample letter
3. Host a Paper Plate Campaign at your food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter. Ask your clients to write a brief response to the question, “How would SNAP cuts affect you?”
· Send your paper plates back to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier by mail or with your delivery driver. We will deliver these when we meet with the Congressmen.
(posted February 26, 2013)
Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) funding is one of the primary sources of funding for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and its network of hunger-relief member agencies, like food pantries and soup kitchens. The Food Bank allocates HPNAP funds to cover the cost of food for member agencies as well as provides grants to help offset the cost of staffing, operations and equipment.
On January 22, Governor Cuomo proposed a decrease in funding and a major restructuring of NYS health and anti-hunger programs. If approved, the budget would remove HPNAP as a directly funded line-item, and transition it into a “Maternal, Child Health & Nutrition” block grant category, creating potential competition among human service providers. Governor Cuomo has proposed a $13 million overall cut to these critical programs.
Restore dedicated, line-item funding for the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) at no less than the amount approved in fiscal year 2013 ($29 million).
We Need Your Help! Contact your local NYS Senator and Assemblyman and let them know how critical the program is to your agency and ask them to help restore dedicated, line-item funding for HPNAP at no less than the amount approved in FY2013.
**Please take 2 minutes to click on this link. It was created by the Food Bank for NYC and will send an automatic e-mail to our legislators urging that they restore line item funding for HPNAP.
Click here for more information and specific talking points.
Map the Meal Gap 2012
New Report: Children at Risk of Hunger in Every County in the United States
Nearly 24,000 Children Across the Southern Tier May Not Know Where They Will Find Their Next Meal
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, released a new study, “Map the Meal Gap 2012: Child Food Insecurity,” providing a detailed look at children under 18 years in food insecure households. The study reveals that there are children struggling with hunger in every county in America. Nationally, while one in six Americans overall are food insecure, the rate for children is much higher: nearly one in five children are food insecure.
By providing the information at a county level, agencies and civic leaders can assess where the need is greatest to help feed the more 16 million children nationwide who are at risk of hunger. In 2011, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier received 1,308,651 requests for food with 562,547 being from children. The new study estimates that nearly 24,000 children, or 20% of the population under 18 years old, are struggling with food insecurity across the Food Bank’s six county service area including Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins.
Click here to view the Map the Meal Gap maps
Click here to view the full press release.
Click on the links below for information on hunger-relief advocacy issues in the media.
Governor Cuomo declared that no child should go hungry in New York State
Kirsten Gillibrand Launches 2012 With a Call for Increased Food Stamp Money, Better Access to Fresh Food
Take Action in our Community
Thank Governor Cuomo
Please take a moment to thank Governor Cuomo for his commitment to addressing hunger. Tell him:
- Thank you for increasing funding to the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program.
- Thank you for committing to end finger printing of food stamp applicants and recipients.
Contact Your Elected Officials
You can help our efforts to address hunger by writing letters to elected officials; making calls to elected officials;
and participating in outreach activities through the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, our member agencies and other organizations.
Contact your State Representative
Contact your Senators
Contact the White House
For more information contact:
Randi Lynn Quackenbush, Community Engagement Coordinator
at 607.796.6061 x4039 or email