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New York News
11:52 am
Wed February 26, 2014

NYC Food Bank In Albany

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Food Bank For New York City is in Albany today to participate in the first annual Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day.  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.

Food Bank For New York City President & 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.”

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New York News
12:17 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

POTUS' Call For $10.10/hour Minimum Wage Sparks Debate

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On the same day he delivered his State of The Union address this week, President Barack Obama announced that he was increasing the minimum wage for federal contractor workers to $10.10 per hour. There’s mixed reaction to the idea...

The federal minimum wages stands at $7.25 an hour. Many agree that raising the minimum wage re-adjusts it to 1960s levels; for example, the $1.60 minimum wage of 1968 was worth more than $10.50 in 2013 dollars. 

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New York News
3:13 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Protesters Greet Cuomo At Manhattan Re-Election Campaign Stop

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Protesters greeted Governor Andrew Cuomo when he appeared at New York City's Harvard Club for a re-election campaign "conversation" Thursday.

About 100 demonstrators carried signs and recited chants, urging Cuomo to move to raise the state minimum wage and ban hydrofracking. Community activist Jo Ann Lum: "So we're out here to say, like, Cuomo, you messed up with the minimum wage bill that you passed. You gotta take steps immediately to make sure this is straightened out."

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New York News
6:33 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

People's 'State of the State' 2014

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With a focus on addressing income inequality for 2014, a coalition of political action groups gathered Tuesday at noon at the State Capitol State Street entrance for the 24th annual People's State of the State rally.

"Biden is here today. Obama will talk about income and equality. De Blasio will talk about income and equality. But where is our Governor in the most unequal state in the country on income and equality?" That's  Sara Niccoli with the New York State Labor Religion Coalition, leading the call at the People's State of the State rally.

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New York News
12:38 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Gov. Cuomo Signs Food Bills

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A broad coalition of farming, conservation and environmental organizations are applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo for approving legislation that will strengthen the state’s local-food economy and protect New York farms.

The coalition is excited that Cuomo has approved food-related bills, hailing them as "good for farmers and consumers."  Mark Dunlea is Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network of New York State.  "The one we've been working on the hardest had been to get the state to begin to collect data on how much local food they were actually purchasing."

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New York News
6:30 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Hunger Groups Ask Senator To Block Food Stamp Cuts

Senator Charles Schumer is being urged to block cuts to food stamps by activists like Mark Dunlea.
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Anti-hunger groups are calling on one of New York's U.S. Senators to block cuts to food stamps.

Anti-hunger activists have launched a statewide campaign urging New York Senator Chuck Schumer to vote against any farm bill that includes cuts in food-stamp funding. They also want Schumer to push to restore recent cuts.

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New York News
12:39 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Fast Food Wage Strikes Planned For This Week


Fast-food workers are planning to stage one-day strikes and protest activities in 200 American cities Thursday in hopes of building support for increasing their wages to $15 an hour.

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New York News
12:27 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

New Yorkers Unite Against Hunger

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With Thanksgiving approaching, New Yorkers have been bracing for the impact of cuts to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. That impact may not be as severe as initially thought...

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New York News
3:00 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

AARP & Hunger Action Network Offer Food Policy & SNAP Recommendations

AARP New York is out with new recommendations aimed at helping the estimated 50 percent of older adults in New York State who may be eligible but are not receiving nutrition help through the SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps.

The AARP white paper, entitled “Hunger Among Older Adults: Breaking Down the Barriers,” came out Thursday, the same day the Hunger Action Network released a paper critical of the New York Food Policy Council.

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New York News
2:50 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

NYS Food Policy Council Gets Poor 'Report Card'

Mark Dunlea
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The Hunger Action Network of New York State released a performance audit of the New York State Food Policy Council today.

The report examines how well, over the past six years, the Food Policy Council has met the directives of the executive order that created it. Mark Dunlea, Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network of New York State, says the paper found that the Council had few initiatives it could point to as success stories over the years.

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