Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that $4.5 million in grants for emergency food assistance will be given to 2,600 emergency food providers throughout New York State. These grants come in response to a recent increased need for food assistance as a result of a federal reduction in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits which affected an estimated 3.1 million New Yorkers.
Cuomo also made a call for New Yorkers to donate food or volunteer at a local food bank during the holiday season.
“With the holiday season upon us, New York State is stepping up to help food banks and soup kitchens across the state stock their shelves and feed those in need,” Governor Cuomo said. “These state grants are aimed at filling the gap caused by the recent cuts in federal SNAP benefits and provide a boost to vital food assistance programs, to help provide relief to impacted New Yorkers. This time of year is also about celebrating the spirit of giving, so I encourage all New Yorkers to join our efforts by donating food or volunteering their time at local food banks and soup kitchens. A little can go a long way, and I encourage all who can to help those less fortunate this year.”
Among the emergency food providers that will be receiving grant money are Long Island-based establishments, such as Island Harvest, which will receive $29,405 in grants, and Long Island Cares, Inc., which will receive $245,392 in grants.
Among the items that are highest in demand by emergency food providers are canned meats (preferably lower sodium versions), peanut butter, canned beans, canned vegetables, canned fruits, shelf stable 1% or fat free fluid milk, protein-rich canned pasta meals, whole wheat and whole grain pasta, fiber-rich cereal, rice, and instant brown rice.
[Source: Governor Cuomo]