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Hunger Solutions New York Applauds Governor Cuomo for his Commitment to Combatting Poverty

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Hunger Solutions New York Applauds Governor Cuomo for his Commitment to Combatting Poverty

January 13, 2016
By
Sherry Tomasky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 13, 2015

ALBANY, NY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo identified combatting poverty as one of his 2016 priorities during today’s State of the State address, a move that could help to alleviate hunger in the state.

The governor’s agenda includes a $25 million Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative that will invest in the 10 upstate cities with the highest poverty rates in the state, in an effort to improve services including nutrition programs. Cities included in the initiative are: Syracuse, Binghamton, Oneonta, Buffalo, Utica, Elmira, Jamestown, Oswego, Troy and Albany. The initiative is modeled after the Rochester Anti-Poverty Task Force.

Hunger was identified as the number one problem by the task force. Its recommendations for addressing hunger include maximizing participation in nutrition assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

“Hunger Solutions New York applauds the governor’s plan,” said Linda Bopp, executive director of Hunger Solutions New York, a statewide organization dedicated to alleviating hunger among all New Yorkers. “We believe that the cities named in the initiative will quickly identify hunger as a top priority and recommend expanded nutrition outreach and education efforts to enroll more people in SNAP and other nutrition assistance programs.”

Hunger Solutions New York manages one of the country’s largest state- and federally-funded SNAP outreach, education and application assistance programs – the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP). Community-based outreach workers across the state, funded through NOEP, provide free, one-on-one services to connect people with nutrition assistance programs that help them to put food on the table. The governor has recommended level funding for NOEP in his 2016-2017 budget.

Hunger is a prevalent and persistent issue in each of the cities the governor has identified, as well as in many others statewide. Mayors from cities across the country outlined the magnitude of the problem in the US Conference of Mayors 2014 Survey on Hunger and Homelessness. Seventy-one percent of the cities surveyed reported that requests for emergency food assistance increased over the past year.

A recent report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers found that SNAP is highly effective at reducing food insecurity. The report highlights research that concludes children who receive food assistance see improvements in health and academic performance, among other benefits.

About Hunger Solutions New York, Inc. Hunger Solutions New York is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating hunger. We promote awareness of hunger in communities across the state, awareness about programs that address hunger, full participation in hunger assistance programs for all who are eligible, public policies that contribute to ending hunger, and public awareness of the economic benefit of anti-hunger programs.

Media Contact: Kelly de la Rocha

(518) 436-8757 x101

kelly.delarocha@hungersolutionsny.org

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