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2003 | November
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Action is Necessary to Restore $1.6 Million in
EFP funding through HPNAP!
Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP)
is a major source of state funding for New York State’s
food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency
shelters. HPNAP funding enables Emergency Food Programs
(EFPs) to provide wholesome food and other services to their
January 29, 2003, Governor Pataki released his proposed
state budget, which included $22.84 million for HPNAP, which
is a $1.6 million cut! Last year, HPNAP
was funded at $24.44 million with about $10.8 million from
the State’s general fund and the remaining $13.6 million
from federal money for the Temporary Assistance to Needy
Families (TANF) welfare block grant.
will have a devastating impact on EFPs and the 900,000 New
Yorkers whom they currently assist every week. Hunger Action’s
statewide survey of EFPs found that 73% of EFPs reported
an increase in demand for food comparing 9/01 and 9/02.
There was a 27% increase in demand for food, which programs
attributed to the poor economy, low wages, job loss, reduction
in the number of days people work, and the ripple effects
caused by the WTC attack, among other things. However, we
still have time to increase HPNAP funds! The state legislature
and the Governor will pass a final state budget later this
spring. Tell the Governor and your state representatives,
“Because hunger in our state is currently on the rise
and food pantries are already struggling to meet the increased
demand, it is essential that New York State restore and
adequately fund HPNAP!”
CAN YOU DO?
NYS Elected Officials on Tues. February 11 as part of a
Statewide HPNAP Action Day
Pataki (518) 474-8390
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (518) 455-3791
Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno (518) 455-3191
Your State Assembly and State Senate Representative www.vote-smart.org
join with the 3,000 EFPs and anti-hunger advocates across
the state and call the above key state representatives and
urge them to Increase HPNAP funding to $30.4 Million.
Tell them about the devastating effects on your program
and low-income people if HPNAP is not restored and adequately
funded. It is essential that elected officials hear from
EFPs on this issue. Please call as soon as you receive
this alert. You can also write a letter or meet
with your elected official or even ask a friend to call.
Together, our voices can make a difference!
a Lettter to the Editor of Your Local Newspaper
Talk about the
potential impact on yourself, your local food program, and
the future of New York State. Urge Governor Pataki to negotiate
with the legislature on a budget that includes social services
for low-income people, such as HPNAP.