Advocates for middle- and low-income families in New York are puzzled by the initiative in Congress to cut SNAP benefits. They want to save the food stamp program that keeps millions of Americans from going hungry.
This week the House will vote on a bill that would slash $40 billion from the SNAP program over a 10-year period. Advocates argue the cut would deny between 4 and 6 million people food stamps. The new legislation would also allow states to require SNAP recipients to work.
Social workers across New York are “rankled” by a report from the libertarian CATO Institute that says people on public assistance have little incentive to find work because they make more than they would with a minimum-wage job.
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.
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.
An advocacy group is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to raise New York's Minimum Wage for tip workers...
The Hunger Action Network Friday said that New York State should raise the minimum wage for tip workers to the same level as other workers. Presently, most tip workers in NYS receive a minimum wage of 69% of other workers.
"Food Hardship" is a growing problem in America. New data from FRAC - the Food Research and Action Center - shows 1 in 6 of us can't afford to buy enough food for ourselves or our families. Those studying FRAC's report blame the economy and say government isn't doing enough to fill a growing need.
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.