USDA will continue Farmers to Families Food Box Program

January 18th, 2021|

GrowNYC delivers one millionth meal to New Yorkers in need during COVID pandemic

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — A New York City-funded program delivered its one millionth meal to city residents hardest hit by the COVID pandemic.

The GrowNYC Emergency Fresh Food Box program, officially distributed its one-millionth meal on Saturday morning as part of its ongoing efforts to alleviate food insecurity in New York communities.

Since April, GrowNYC has distributed thousands of free emergency food boxes per week to residents in need through partner organizations throughout the five boroughs.

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January 18th, 2021|

U.S. Diet Guidelines Sidestep Scientific Advice to Cut Sugar and Alcohol

The government’s new nutritional recommendations arrive amid a pandemic that has taken a huge toll on American health.


(NYT) Rejecting the advice of its scientific advisers, the federal government has released new dietary recommendations that sound a familiar nutritional refrain, advising Americans to “make every bite count” but dismissing experts’ specific recommendations to set new low targets for consumption of sugar and alcoholic beverages.

The “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” are updated every five years, and the latest iteration arrived on Tuesday, 10 months into a pandemic that has posed a historic health

January 18th, 2021|

Low-income children wait months for USDA food aid to replace school meals

Millions of low-income schoolchildren have gone almost an entire semester without receiving federal payments to help their families buy groceries months after Congress authorized the aid — even as child hunger reaches record highs in the U.S.

Congress first established the payments in March to replace the free or subsidized meals that students are missing while schools are closed or virtual during the pandemic. But lawmakers waited until the program was set to expire Oct. 1 to extend the

January 18th, 2021|

Hunger Action Network calls for more help with food insecurity

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Food insecurity is an issue all year long, but this year is more severe than ever. Now, the Hunger Action Network of New York State is coming together and calling for help as we get closer to the holidays.

Natasha Pernicka, of the Food Pantries for the Capital District, said this is a time where the state and federal government need to step up and fully fund resources and pass emergency aid. With the drastic need in the community, she said the programs need to be consistent and reliable.

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January 17th, 2021|

Capital Region Food Pantries Call For Additional Aid During Pandemic

Thanksgiving is typically a busy time for food pantries, both in terms of donations and use. But as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, Capital Region food pantries are calling on lawmakers for extra assistance.

Charities with the Hunger Action Network of New York State gathered at Albany’s St. Vincent De Paul Parish Monday to highlight a surge in food insecurity across the region.

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January 17th, 2021|

Capital Region food pantries see high demand as COVID-19 continues economic strain


ALBANY NY (WRGB) – Since the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdown, millions of workers have filed unemployment claims. This economic disruption is making food security a top priority.

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January 17th, 2021|

Another Voice: Don’t let Farm Bill take food from the hungry op-ed by Susan Zimet

The congressional farm bill, the federal policy on agriculture and food programs, comes up for reauthorization every five years. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps, is included in this omnibus legislation. SNAP provides food assistance for more than 40 million low income people, or one in eight Americans. Despite providing a modest benefit of $1.40 per person per meal, SNAP helps put food on the table, and has long-term benefits for children’s health and educational attainment.

SNAP is the country’s most effective anti-poverty program, lifting nearly 8.4 million people out of poverty, including 3.8 million children in 2015. SNAP also has one of the most rigorous quality

October 22nd, 2018|

Fighting to Protect SNAP in 2018 Farm Bill

The House Ag Committee is proposing drastic cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. If these changes are enacted millions of Americans would be put into risk of hunger and food insecurity. New York’s own, Representative John Faso, serves on the Ag Committee and is a proponent of the bill.  We went to tell him, in no uncertain terms, his actions will harm low income New Yorkers.



May 9th, 2018|

Wage Theft on the Rise

Wage theft is epidemic, and low-wage workers are more likely than others to be victims. Wage theft happens when, for example, employers refuse to pay promised wages or pay employees for only some of the hours worked. A new EPI report finds that at least $2 billion in stolen wages were recovered for workers in 2015 and 2016. But the report notes that the wages recovered represent only a fraction of total wages stolen from workers—the authors estimate that low-wage workers in the United States lost more than $50 billion to all forms of wage theft in 2016. 

December 19th, 2017|