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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,

NYS Food Recovery and Recycling Act

“Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of the poor and hungry” Pope Francis

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

NYS Budget Includes Farm To Food Bank Bill

The Farm to Food Bank bill gives tax credits of up to $5,000 to New York farmers who donate fresh produce to emergency food programs. Executive Director of Hunger Action Network of New York state Susan Zimet has been working to get the bill included. Listen here:

Wage Theft Legislation – see you in January 2018

ALBANY – A wage theft law is on the books in New York State, but there is an effort to close a loophole that allows guilty businesses to hide assets and avoid paying what is owed. Susan Zimet of Greene County, executive director of the Hunger Action Network of New York State, is lobbying to

Legislation would allow leftover school food to donated to emergency feeding programs

Seen in: Mid-Hudson News ALBANY – Legislation that would create guidelines for school districts to donate unused food to food pantries, soup kitchens and other community organizations is on its way to the governor’s desk. The proposal would authorize the state education department to establish guidelines for districts to voluntarily offer unused food to those

Executive Director Susan Zimet speak with State Senator Leroy Comrie

https://youtu.be/l_WrLM3N_Po

FARM TO FOOD BANK BILL ADVOCATES PRAISE LEGISLATURE, GOVERNOR, FOR INCLUDING FARM TO FOOD BANK TAX CREDIT IN NYS FY 2017-2018 FINAL BUDGET

NY Farmers Who Donate Farm-Fresh Produce to Emergency Food Programs Serving 2.7 Million Food-Insecure New Yorkers Now Eligible for Tax Credit Statewide Coalition of Anti-Hunger, Agricultural, and Environmental Organizations Win 2-Year Fight to Incentivize Farmers to Donate More Food ALBANY, NY ─ After being passed unanimously by the Legislature in 2015 and 2016 but twice

Without Cuomo support, NY farmers push food bank credit in budget

March 22, 2017 Story by: Featured in: The Times Union Despite alleged and recurring pushback from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the New York Farm Bureau said Tuesday it hopes a long-sought, twice-vetoed tax credit for food donations will pass with the state budget next month. The Farm to Food Bank credit would give farmers an exemption

 A bill that would award tax credits to farms for donating produce to local food banks has been vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The legislation, A10584, was supported by interest groups, namely the Hunger Action Network of New York State and the New York Farm Bureau. Farmers filing under the personal income tax or corporation