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Raising Awareness & Making Change Happen

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier and our partner agencies strive to feed as many of our neighbors in need as possible. But we know that charity alone cannot end hunger. In order to reach our mission to build and sustain hunger-free communities across the Southern Tier, the Food Bank recognizes the importance of advocating for long-term public policy solutions at the local, state and federal levels.

Why Advocacy Work Matters?

Our elected officials are in a position to make the sustainable changes needed to end hunger in our community and in our nation – by implementing policies that stop it from happening in the first place. A strong and accessible nutrition safety net is our first line of defense against hunger, while food banks provide supplemental food. This tiered solution is the most sustainable method to attacking an epidemic afflicting nearly 50 million Americans while we advocate for the systemic changes needed to permanently eradicate hunger in America. Decisions made by our elected officials also have a huge impact on the supply of food available to the Food Bank and on the overall demand for charitable food assistance.

Our advocacy work helps connect community voices, issues and stories to elected officials and public policy-makers in the fight against hunger and poverty. Share your story, add your voice to the conversation, and join us as we advocate for hungry families and individuals across the Southern Tier!

Take Action

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act gave the USDA the ability to offer waivers for childhood nutrition to supplement school meals. While it may seem that our schools are returning to normal, staffing issues and nationwide supply chain disruptions make it necessary to continue offering these waivers. These issues unfairly affect students in rural areas and many of the students in the Southern Tier can be left without proper nutrition.

These waivers will expire on June 30, 2022, unless we can convince Congress to act. Fill out the form below to contact Senator Chuck Schumer and tell him we need his leadership on the extension on child nutrition waivers to protect child food security. We’ve made it quick and easy with options to email, call, and/or send a video message.

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If you are in need of assistance, find a nearby food pantry or meal program near you