Emergency Food Programs continue to struggle during a recession to feed a growing number of hungry people in our region. Activists says a new study of hunger in New York State shows that emergency food programs can ever be a substitute for increased government action to end the growing problem of hunger.
Mark Dunlea, Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network in NYS, says instead of dealing with emergencies, food pantries and soup kitchens over the last 30 years have been forced by government inaction to evolve into supplemental sources of food for households who need assistance on an ongoing basis.
With the storm that began Wednesday, Hudson Valley emergency services personnel, power companies, and local government officials are keeping a close watch. In Ulster County, there is a new way to get information about storms and other emergencies.
Many along the East coast are already feeling the effects of Sandy. Meteorologists are estimating damages could range between one and three billion dollars or more. The American Red Cross is preparing to provide disaster relief services wherever needed. Anna Kate Twitty with the national Red Cross headquarters is on the ground on Long Island and joining us LIVE. Also joining us in the studio is Gary Striar, CEO for the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York.
We take WAMC listener call-in questions on and tips for hurricane preparedness; get the latest forecast information from WNYT's Paul Caiano; and speak with Ulster County Executive, Mike Hein, about preparedness in his region.