Emergency Food Assistance Program http://wamc.org en Emergency Food Pantries See Increased Demand http://wamc.org/post/emergency-food-pantries-see-increased-demand <p>The largest one-day food drive in the nation is happening today. Letter carriers across the country are collecting donations of non-perishable foods left by mailboxes or dropped off at post offices. Sat, 10 May 2014 16:49:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 89992 at http://wamc.org Emergency Food Pantries See Increased Demand NYC Food Bank In Albany http://wamc.org/post/nyc-food-bank-albany <p></p><p></p><p>Food Bank For New York City is in Albany today to participate in the first annual Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day.&nbsp; The advocates are joining colleagues from New York State’s seven other food banks. Officials plan to meet with State Legislators to discuss steps to preserve vital anti-hunger resources for New Yorkers.</p><p>Food Bank For New York City President &amp; CEO Margarette Purvis praises Governor Cuomo, saying he has worked to - quote - "... make sure that our neighbors are not left exposed to the cruel whims of Washington.”</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:52:24 +0000 Dave Lucas 84674 at http://wamc.org NYC Food Bank In Albany Berkshire Lawmakers Undertake SNAP Challenge http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-lawmakers-undertake-snap-challenge <p></p><p>Massachusetts lawmakers in the Berkshires are the latest politicians participating in a national anti-hunger campaign to raise awareness about what people on the Federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program face.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:20:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 68919 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Lawmakers Undertake SNAP Challenge Community Discussion Focuses On Providing Healthy Food To Northern Berkshires http://wamc.org/post/community-discussion-focuses-providing-healthy-food-northern-berkshires <p></p><p>A state-funded wellness initiative in the Northern Berkshires is holding a community discussion on addressing the region’s nutritional challenges.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The North Berkshire chapter of Mass In Motion, a state-funded program that encourages health-conscious lifestyles through exercise, nutrition, and community involvement, is holding a community-wide event that will focus on connecting residents to fresh and healthy food.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:48:39 +0000 Lucas Willard 67429 at http://wamc.org Community Discussion Focuses On Providing Healthy Food To Northern Berkshires Senator Outlines Priorities For New York Farms http://wamc.org/post/senator-outlines-priorities-new-york-farms <p>As the Farm Bill moves through the Senate Agriculture Committee as early as this week, then on to full Senate consideration, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a teleconference today in which she outlined her priorities for the legislation to strengthen New York State’s agriculture industry and rural communities.</p><p>Gillibrand, New York’s first member of the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly four decades, put together a letter, signed by 32 other senators, to cut crop insurance subsidies and hold off any food stamp cuts.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 19:43:59 +0000 Dave Lucas 64084 at http://wamc.org Senator Outlines Priorities For New York Farms Food Stamps A Concern As Farm Bill Nears Senate http://wamc.org/post/food-stamps-concern-farm-bill-nears-senate <p>As the Farm Bill moves through the Senate Agriculture Committee and eventually on to the full Senate, New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand leads one-third of the Senate in calling for the protection of critical food assistance, urging her colleagues not to balance the budget deficit by cutting food stamps.&nbsp;</p><p>The Farm Bill under consideration would slash $4.1 billion in food stamps funding over the next decade. Government statistics show that half of food stamp beneficiaries are children.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 13:49:59 +0000 Dave Lucas 64043 at http://wamc.org Food Stamps A Concern As Farm Bill Nears Senate "Legal Food Frenzy" Aims to Restock Mass. Food Banks http://wamc.org/post/legal-food-frenzy-aims-restock-mass-food-banks <p></p><p>The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office is now encouraging legal organizations across the commonwealth in a food drive that aims to restock the state’s food banks at a time where donations are needed the most.</p><p></p><p>From now until May 10<sup>th</sup>, bar associations, district attorney’s offices, and other legal organizations across Massachusetts are collecting food and monetary donations as part of the 2013 Legal Food Frenzy. The statewide food donation drive is now entering its fourth year. The program is spearheaded by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 63843 at http://wamc.org "Legal Food Frenzy" Aims to Restock Mass. Food Banks Vermont Senator Criticizes Cuts in Food Program http://wamc.org/post/vermont-senator-criticizes-cuts-food-program <p>Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders says cuts in a federal emergency hunger program have resulted in a 50 percent reduction in food supplies from that program for the Vermont Foodbank.<br><br>Sanders, who calls the situation "unconscionable," appeared Tuesday with representatives from the Vermont Foodbank and Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf to highlight the issue.<br><br>The Emergency Food Assistance Program provides food at no cost to low-income Americans in need of short-term hunger relief, through organizations like the Vermont Foodbank.<br> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 21:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 49511 at http://wamc.org Vermont Senator Criticizes Cuts in Food Program