The growing season is over in the Northeast and it is a melancholy time for fans of farmers’ markets.  Today was the last day of the 18th season for the weekly Farmers’ Market at Forest Park in Springfield, Ma.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the market manager Belle Rita Novak.

  Hunger Solutions New York was formed in 1985 as the Nutrition Consortium of New York State. They strive to maximize participation in, and support for, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance. They also work towards the growth of other nutrition assistance programs including the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Hunger Solutions New York develops and distributes information and resources for community-based organizations and agencies to use to further the fight against hunger and they manage the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program and the Long Island Anti-Hunger Initiative. Both programs are designed to provide education, support, and assistance connecting New Yorkers to SNAP and other resources to end hunger.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A new report from Feeding America shows 50 million Americans rely on food banks and 1 in 7 Americans face food insecurity. It also links substandard nutrition to health problems.

The report entitled "Hunger in America 2014" has revealed some startling statistics: One in seven Americans turns to a food bank for help, about 40 percent of whom have education beyond high school.

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The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance recently recognized client success in western Massachusetts as the department looks to regain public trust after coming under scrutiny for handing out fraudulent benefits.

NYC Food Bank In Albany

Feb 26, 2014
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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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The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is encouraging its member organizations to grab the ears of lawmakers and inform them of their needs.

Food Pantries Strained By Federal Cuts

Dec 20, 2013
Karen DeWitt

With winter officially approaching, New York’s food pantries and soup kitchens are feeling the strain of feeding the hungry, especially after two key benefit cuts from the federal government.

WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

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.

    Food shortages have become an increasing problem across the country.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that funding for SNAP benefits should be restored.

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The Farm Bill is the nation’s agricultural, nutrition and food policy vehicle. It provides funding for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - also known as food stamps. Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy on Monday was at a community action agency to discuss his efforts to fight proposed cuts to SNAP and talk about legislation to expand incentives for businesses to donate to food banks.