2002 Hunger Alert
HANNYS' New Anti-Hunger Survey Shows Increased Emergency Food
* TANF Reauthorization Still Up in the Air
* Help Hunger Action Network When You Do Your Holiday Shopping
* Send Legislative Leaders a Holiday Post Card on State Revenues
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* The Annual People's State of the State Rally Tues. Jan.
* Hunger Action Network / ES2 Lobby Day on Tues. Feb. 11th
* Hunger Action Network, Celebrates 20 years, Monday, December
New Anti-Hunger Survey Shows Increased Emergency Food Use
part of the annual Thanksgiving Fast and Action Against Hunger,
more than 45 organizations and 300 individuals are joining
together on Monday, November 25th to draw attention to the
problem of hunger and to push for solutions. Events are happening
throughout the state. A new survey of more than 200 EFPs by
HANNYS found a 12% increase in Emergency Food Program use
comparing data from the months of September 2001 and September
2002 alone. Excluding New York City, there was a 27% increase
in program utilization comparing September 2001 and September
2002. More than 80% of programs statewide saw an increase
in the working poor, with 71% of the programs reporting an
increase in the number of guests citing job loss. Two-thirds
reported an increase in the number of children using their
program, and more than 87% expect the demand for emergency
food to increase in the next six months. Many of the programs
are also reporting a decrease in monetary (57%) and other
donations (34%) such as food. Call HANNYS for more information.
NYC Coalition Against Hunger is also releasing a survey documenting
hunger and EFP use in New York City; call 212-825-0028 for
more information on that survey.
Reauthorization Still Up in the Air
the November elections results putting the Republicans in
the majority in the Senate, Republican Senator Grassley from
Iowa will take over Chairing the important Finance Committee,
taking the place of Senator Baucus (D-MT). Post-election developments
include the House and Senate approving a Continuing Resolution
that TANF through March 31. This gives states authority to
spend money and carry on program activities for the first
quarter of the next year. Congress could also take this time
to hold hearings, draft legislation, and pass a bill. Congress
could decide in March 2003 either to extend the current TANF
program for multiple years (probably two or three) with few
changes or to carry out a full reauthorization for five years,
making substantial changes.
Bush indicated a while back that he would prefer a one-year
extension, giving Congress time to make the changes that he
wants. Sen. Grassley has recently called for increased work
requirements, part of the Bush plan. According to the NCC,
these factors, combined with Republicans holding onto control
of the House, would indicate that a full reauthorization is
still a possibility, unless other issues such as war, national
security, and tax cuts are given priority.
New York State, our focus through March will include continuing
to urge Senators Clinton and Schumer to block any and all
damaging proposals including increased work requirements,
superwaiver authority, marriage promotion initiatives, while
at the same time pushing for improvements such as increased
access to education and training, job creation, child care
and supporting individuals with barrier removal.
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Legislative Leaders a Holiday Post Card on State Revenues
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is facing a $6 billion or more deficit in next year's state
budget. In the past such budget deficits have been solved
through drastic cuts in spending in human service and health
care spending, along with increases in tuition at state colleges.
On each sheet of 8.5 by 11, we have printed up three postcards
to be sent to the Governor, Sen. Majority Leader and Assembly
Speaker urging them to avoid cuts in such programs and instead
raise revenues through closing corporate tax loopholes and
making the state income tax fairer. Let us know if you would
like postcards to distribute at your EFP, community group,
or faith community. The first 100 sets of postcards are free.
If possible, we ask for a $5 donation per 100 after the first
set to help with printing and shipping costs. Please contact
our Albany office.
Annual People's State of the State Rally Tues. Jan. 7th
annual alternative to the Governor's State of the State address
will highlight the growing hunger and homelessness in New
York; promote the Economic Security Campaign (minimum wage,
health care, child care, welfare grants); and, support the
need for increased state revenues. The rally will take place
at noon on the day before the Governor's formal address.
Action Network / ES2 Lobby Day on Tues. Feb. 11th
projected $6 to $10 billion state budget deficit is likely
to make this a hard budget year. However, the issue of raising
the shelter allowance for welfare participants will be on
the table, since the Governor has been forced to make a proposal
in response to the decades-old Jiggetts lawsuit challenging
the existing housing allowances as way to low to support families
with children. We will need to mobilize anti-hunger advocates
across the state to push for a fair budget. We will be working
in coalition with other anti-poverty, labor and faith organizations
to promote fair revenues. We want to build a strong grassroots
effort in Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties to educate Sen.
Bruno on these issues.
Action Network, Celebrates 20 years, Monday, December 9th
Hunger Action Network of NYS, will celebrate 20 years of working
to end hunger on Monday, December 9th. The event takes place
at the First Unitarian Universalist Society on 405 Washington
Avenue in Albany. The event will honor a number of Capital
District activists and organizations for their long time efforts
to end hunger. Honorees include: Deb Catozzi, former Associate
Director, Hunger Action Network; Donna DeMaria, Homeless Action
Committee; Bishop Howard Hubbard, Albany Roman Catholic Diocese;
Doris Jordan, Trinity Institution; Mark Quandt, Executive
Director of Food Bank of NENY; Dawn Primeau, former Director
of Food Pantries of the Capital District; Bob Stern, staff
member of NYS Assembly Food Farm and Nutrition Task Force;
and, the Solidarity Committee.
will be a reception with light refreshments and live music
from 5:30 to 6:30 P.M.. The awards ceremony will be from 6:30
to 7:30 P.M.. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the
door. There is also a journal being compiled for the event.
For more information call 518 434-7371.