6:29 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Report: 1 In 7 Require Food Bank Assistance

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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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New England News
12:37 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Mass. Welfare Agency Celebrates Client Success While Trying To Regain Public Trust

Mass. DTA Commissioner Stacey Monahan
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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.

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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 England News
6:26 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Food Bank Network Advocates Needs

Mary Wheat says the walk-in refrigerator at South Congregational Church in Pittsfield is nearly emptied out after a few hours of providing food to more than 300 families twice a week.
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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.

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6:10 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Food Pantries Strained By Federal Cuts

$36 worth of food, representing the $36 per month cut food stamp recipients received beginning in early November.
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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.

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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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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Congressional Corner With Paul Tonko

    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.

North Country News
6:15 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Leahy Pushes for SNAP Funding

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy (left) and Governor Peter Shumlin (right) at the Central Vermont Community Action Council
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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.

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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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