The Anti-Hunger Champion Award honors New York State leaders who have taken strategic and decisive steps to reduce hunger in our state and beyond.

We are pleased to present the 2017 award to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in recognition of her tireless efforts to protect and defend the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), strengthen core child nutrition programs, and to ensure every New Yorker has access to enough healthy food.

Throughout her time in Congress, Senator Gillibrand has been a staunch advocate for children, especially those who struggle with hunger. At every opportunity, she has prioritized and fought for just, evidence-based policies that protect children’s health and foster healthy eating habits. In 2015, she introduced the Summer Meals Act, which lays out a practical framework to significantly strengthen the Summer Food Service Program. She has also worked to protect healthier foods standards in recent efforts to reauthorize our core child nutrition programs.

As the first New York Senator to sit on the Agriculture Committee in nearly 40 years, Senator Gillibrand worked to strengthen the 2012 Farm Bill and led the fight to stop billions of dollars in cuts to nutrition assistance for struggling families, seniors and veterans. She has made protecting SNAP a top priority as Congress nears reauthorization of the next Farm Bill. She has also advocated for full funding of The Emergency Food Assistance Program, which enables our state’s food banks and pantries to provide tens of millions of meals each year.

Senator Gillibrand’s public service to vulnerable New Yorkers is unparalleled, and we are proud to pay tribute to her ongoing commitment and accomplishments. Her actions have not only improved the lives of untold numbers of our neighbors and family members, they have set an inspiring example, and serve to motivate us all in our collective work to alleviate hunger.

Watch Senator Gillabrand’s Acceptance Speech