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    Budget and Tax Policy

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities does at the national level what we try to do at the state level. They gauge the impact of policy changes on low-income Americans and try to influence government decision-makers.

Coalition for Human Needs
develops national coalitions against human service cuts.

Economic Policy Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy.

Fiscal Policy Institute NYS group that analyzes economic and budget trends, poverty. Supports progressive revenue options.

New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness is a broad-based campaign that Hunger Action Network helps coordinate. The campaign addresses a number of progressive revenue options, including closing corporate tax loopholes. The web page also includes information on the state budget.

Strong Economy for All Coalition works on city and state budget and tax issues.

United for a Fair Economy creates striking representations of the economic inequality in the United States. They offer training to activists who want to learn participatory educational strategies for U.S. economics.

    Economic Justice

The Center for Community Change supports and convenes grassroots organizations across the country. Our connection has been through asset-building strategies and advocacy on the state’s use of the “welfare windfall”.

The Center for Law and Social Policy has a number of position papers on their site. It also lists upcoming Audio Conferences, where you can listen in by conference call to impressive panelists discussing various policy issues.

Community Voices Heard represents low-income New Yorkers on a variety of welfare, housing and economic justice issues.

Empire State Economic Security Campaign (ES2) is working to improve the lives of low and middle income New Yorkers by challenging our public officials to make better choices for our families. HANNYS helps coordinates ES2’s work around issues such as welfare, jobs, economic justice, health care, child care, education, housing.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research is a well-regarded D.C. organization that fights for gender equity and better social policies for women and families.

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) advocates for the working poor and the unemployed. A non-profit organization, NELP focuses on women, part-time and immigrant workers, and other groups that face significant barriers to employment and government systems of support. NELP’s activities include policy advocacy, support for organizing, litigation, training, research, public education, and media strategies. An initiative of NELP,, was created especially for the nation’s jobless and underemployed workers. This resource is available to help the unemployed learn more about the unemployment system, to share their experiences and concerns, and to participate in the national debate over aid to the jobless.

The New York City Employment and Training Coalition is an association of 180 workforce development practitioners–community based organizations, community colleges and union affiliated training programs–committed to providing high quality education, training and employment services to unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers. A key part of their work is disseminating the latest workforce development news, public policy and best practice research, funding and technical assistance opportunities, and new statutes and regulations via their website.

New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA) is dedicated to the growth and education of Community Action Agencies in NYS to sustain their efforts in advocating and improving the lives of low-income New Yorkers. Check out NYSCAA’s online message board to chat with service providers about hunger issues and upcoming events.

NYS Labor and Religion Coaliition works on economic and social justice issues.

The Poverty and Race Research Action Council brings to light the economic and personal impact of ongoing discrimination against people of color.

Prison Families of New York, Inc. provides confidential information, advocacy and support statewide.

Project Vote Smart Praised by virtually every major media outlet as the most trusted and comprehensive source for information on candidates and issues.

Rural and Migrant Ministry works on farmworker rights in NYS.

    Food Policy / Justice

NYC Food Policy Reports

Bread for the World is a Christian organization active nationwide that seeks justice for the world’s hungry people by lobbying our nation’s decision makers. Each year, their member congregations participate in a letter writing campaign on a specific issue. In 2000, their effort “A Fair Share: Working to End Hunger” targeted strengthening the Food Stamp Program and raising the minimum wage.

Brooklyn Food Coalition works on a variety of food policy issues in Brooklyn.

Food and Water Watch National coalition with offices in Brooklyn. Works on farm bill and hydrofracking issues. Anti-trust issues.

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is a leading national organization working to improve public policies to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Just Food Since 1995, Just Food has pioneered and championed the proliferation of sustainable food programs, including CSAs, community-run farmers’ markets, and farm-to-food pantry programs. Just Food serves thousands of New Yorkers by forging partnerships between local farms, neighborhood groups, and consumers, and by providing urban communities with a framework for growing, and knowing, healthy food.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.

New York City Food and Farm Bill Working Group Promotes healthy food, anti-hunger, environmental sustainability as part of the federal farm bill.

NYS Food Policy Network In June 2012, NOFA-NY and Hunger Action Network worked with Mark Winne to convene a conference in Western and Central NY to discuss local work around food policy councils. The group decided to organize a statewide food policy network.

Northeast Organic Farm Association NOFA-NY, Inc is an organization of consumers, gardeners, and farmers working together to create a sustainable regional food system which is ecologically sound and economically viable. Through demonstration and educational opportunities, we promote land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing.

Northeast Regional Anti-Hunger Network (NERAHN) serves as the coalition of anti-hunger agencies from the seven states in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Northeast region (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut). NERAHN was created in 1996 with a two-fold mission: 1)to reduce hunger by maximizing resources through collaborative efforts; and 2)to work collectively to design and implement action on state, regional and national levels. Hunger Action Network is one of the two New York State representatives to NERAHN.

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Work Group (NESAWG) The mission of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group is to build a more sustainable, healthy, and equitable food system for our region.

Noyes Foundation supports many grassroots organizations across the U.S. to promote environmental, social, economic and political change, in order to help create a more just and sustainable world.

Slow Food is part of a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members in over 150 countries, which links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.


Healthcare-Now is a grassroots organization that addresses the health insurance crisis in the U.S. by educating and advocating for the passage of single-payer healthcare legislation, such as HR 676.

Physicians for a National Health Program is the only national physician organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to implementing a single-payer national health program.

Single Payer New York coordinates work in NYS around the issue of single payer health care.


The national network of food banks, Feeding America, has a list of all its member programs in New York State as well as a food program locator for NYC on its website. It also has public policy information, results of its national surveys, and more.

Food Bank Association of NYS represents the Food banks in NYS.

Foodlink is one of the oldest and most innovative food banks in the US. Its mission is to provide hunger relief, eliminate the root causes of hunger, improve health and promote economic development

Hunger Solutions New York(formerly The Nutrition Consortium of New York State) The goal of Hunger Solutions New York is to reduce hunger, with their efforts directed toward the issues contributing to hunger and potential solutions for the low income populations of our state.

NYC Coalition Against Hunger See their “Resources for Emergency Food Programs.”

Westside Campaign Against Hunger is one of the largest and most innovative food pantries in NYC.

WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.

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