Action Network is a statewide membership of direct food providers,
advocates and other individuals whose goal is to end hunger
and its root causes, including poverty, in New York State.
Action has always combined direct service with advocacy in
support of long term solutions to hunger. We seek to increase
the amount of nutritious food distributed by emergency food
programs, while also assisting low-income individuals in gaining
more control over their own food supplies through programs
such as community gardens, food buying clubs, and community
supported agriculture. We help low-income households access
the various federal nutrition programs such as food stamps,
WIC, and school and summer meals. Hunger Action also promotes
legislative action on issues such as a higher minimum wage;
job creation; universal health care; child care; tax reform;
and, increased access to education and training.
Action Network has offices in Albany and New York.
its 20-year history, the Hunger Action Network of New York
State has established a reputation for leadership among anti-poverty
and anti-hunger community-based advocacy organizations in
the state. This reputation has been largely based on our ability
to work in collaboration with diverse communities and organizations
statewide and to effect policy changes that benefit our own
low-income members, as well as other low-income individuals
and communities throughout the state.
reform monitoring and advocacy and TANF reauthorization are
core components of our anti-poverty efforts. As one of the
few statewide membership organizations of welfare recipients,
low-income individuals, community based organizations, emergency
food programs, faith-based organizations, and citizen advocates,
we possess the necessary broad-based alliances required to
effectively organize and influence key policy makers. Our
Board of Directors represents nine regions of New York State.
This statewide representation is particularly important because
of the devolution policies of federal and state welfare reform
laws. Through our statewide members and coalitions, we are
also able to impact government policies at the county level;
this is vital, as many New York State welfare programs are
administered at the local level.
Action is also an experienced and effective coalition builder
throughout the state. We work closely on local, regional and
state levels with other anti-poverty and welfare rights groups
such as Welfare Reform Network, Suffolk Welfare Warriors,
Welfare Rights Initiative, EMPOWER, Greater Upstate Law Project,
Community Voices Heard (founded by Hunger Action), NYS AFL-CIO,
Fiscal Policy Institute, Citizen Action and the American Federation
of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
of Hunger Action's accomplishments in recent years include
helping to pass the New York State college work-study and
internship bill to allow these activities to count as TANF-approved
work activities; we were the only anti-poverty organization
cited in the Governor's 1999 Budget for the need to increase
the Earned Income Disregard; and we published one of the first
workfare survey reports, entitled Workfare: Workers Expect
Paychecks (A Survey of the Performance of Workfare According
to its Participants). Additional budgetary and legislative
successes in the past two years include $60 million for a
wage subsidy program to help create jobs for welfare beneficiaries,
a $16 million increase in funding to emergency food programs,
and ES2 campaign gains of $20 million for transportation assistance
and $283 million for child care assistance.
of Hunger Action's current programs and activities include:
the Welfare Made a Difference National Campaign, Welfare Reform
Network's Federal Committee, Empire State Economic Security
Campaign (ES2), Faith and Hunger Network (FHN), Empire State
Jobs Bill Coalition (ESJ), Welfare Accountability and Monitoring
Project, Hunger Awareness Day, food stamp outreach, and community
gardening and food recovery.