August 8, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces More than $16.1 Million for Emergency Food Assistance in New York City

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$36.5 Million Awarded to 45 New York State Emergency Food Relief Organizations

Funding Will Benefit More than 2,600 Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens across New York State

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that $16.1 million has been awarded to 22 emergency food relief organizations in New York City through the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program, administered by the Department of Health. Overall, $36.5 million in statewide funding will benefit eight regional food banks and more than 2,600 food pantries and soup kitchens, which together provide more than 216 million meals a year to low income New Yorkers.

 

"This funding will help ensure that some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers will continue to be able to put food on their tables and provide for their families," Governor Cuomo said. "It is our responsibility to ensure that every member of the New York family is treated with respect and dignity and this program brings us one step closer to a stronger, healthier Empire State for all."

 

Emergency food relief organizations serve as a safety net for people in need in New York. Although some individuals and families are eligible for federal food assistance, it is often not enough, and food pantries and soup kitchens operated by these organizations help fill the gap.

 

To ensure better nutrition, agencies receiving these awards are required to devote a portion of the funding to food identified as helpful in the prevention of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. These foods include low-fat milk and fresh vegetables and fruits. In addition to providing food, the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program helps emergency food relief organizations provide clients with information on the benefits of healthy eating, strategies for healthy behaviors, and simple recipes that incorporate healthy foods. Many food banks and soup kitchens also offer monthly cooking workshops and food safety trainings to their clients.

 

New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, "This funding ensures that all New Yorkers, regardless of income, will have access to healthy food. A nutritious well-balanced diet is essential for improving health and preventing disease. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his ongoing commitment to combatting hunger and promoting good nutrition."

 

Funding has been awarded to the following organizations:

 

Organization Name

County

Award

Food Bank for New York City

Bronx

$4,632,432

Harvest Home Farmer's Market

Bronx

$175,000

United Bronx Parents, Inc.

Bronx

$175,000

CAMBA, Inc.

Kings

$215,000

Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc.

Kings

$303,676

Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty

Kings

$375,000

St. John's Bread and Life Program

Kings

$284,556

Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York

New York

$375,000

Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.

New York

$375,000

Gay Men's Health Crisis, Inc.

New York

$175,000

God's Love We Deliver, Inc.

New York

$175,000

Iris House: A Center for Women Living With HIV, Inc.

New York

$175,000

Just Food, Inc.

New York

$175,000

New York Common Pantry

New York

$375,000

Part of the Solution

New York

$375,000

The Fortune Society, Inc.

New York

$175,000

United Way Of New York City

New York

$6,270,000

Urban Pathways, Inc.

New York

$127,494

West Side Center for Community Life

New York

$375,000

Community Health Action of Staten Island

Richmond

$185,105

New Direction Services, Inc.

Richmond

$235,782

Project Hospitality, Inc.

Richmond

$375,000

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