COALITION ASKS GOVERNOR CUOMO TO FUND FARM TO FOOD BANK BILL

   

Contact: Steve Ammerman, New York Farm Bureau Manager of Public Affairs
518-431-5643 (office) 518-573-3617 (cell), sammerman@nyfb.org

March 22, 2017

COALITION ASKS GOVERNOR CUOMO TO FUND FARM TO FOOD BANK BILL

The bill would encourage greater donations of fresh, local food to New Yorkers in need across the state

A broad coalition of New York legislators, farmers, anti-hunger and environmental advocates asked Governor Cuomo today to step up to the dinner plate and fund the Farm to Food Bank bill (S.1606/A.6192) in the final New York State budget. The group held a joint press conference on the bill at the Capitol in Albany. The bipartisan legislation, which has tremendous support in the legislature, […]

March 22nd, 2017|

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

March 22, 2017

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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 of 25 percent of the cost of donations to food banks and emergency food programs, up to $5,000. Previous versions of the bill had been vetoed as recently as November by Cuomo, who said at the time the bill would duplicate tax benefits already offered to farmers for their donations. Further, he said […]

March 22nd, 2017|

GOP unveils Obamacare replacement amid sharp party divide

House GOP leaders have also yet to release the official budget score that details the cost of the plan and how many people could lose insurance, a huge issue for moderates who fear blowback in their swing districts.

House GOP leaders have also yet to release the official budget score that details the cost of the plan and how many people could lose insurance, a huge issue for moderates who fear blowback in their swing districts.
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March 6th, 2017|

Tax credits to farms for donating produce to local food banks has been vetoed

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 franchise tax would be eligible for a tax credit equal up to 25 percent of the value of food donated to a food bank.

The state Assembly and Senate passed the bill by votes of 139-0 and 62-0, respectively.

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February 24th, 2017|

People’s State of the State Highlights Issues Needing More Attention from Lawmakers

People’s State of the State Calls Out New York’s Income Inequality

ALBANY, N.Y. — Through song and prayer, the 27th annual People’s State of the State called on lawmakers to remember who activists called New Yorker’s in crisis.

“Nothing is in a silo. If someone homeless, they’re probably hungry. If someone’s hungry, they’re probably close to being hungry,” said Susan Zimet, Hunger Action Network of NYS executive director.

The 2017 address, held outside the Capitol Building in Albany, focused on a “Preparedness Checklist” which included housing, healthcare access, a living wage and tax fairness.

“Not only do we have to extend the Millionaires’ Tax and now allow it to expire, […]

February 20th, 2017|

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s farm-to-food-bank veto slammed by anti-hunger advocates

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s farm-to-food-bank veto slammed by anti-hunger advocates

Story By: David Klepper
Associated Press
ALBANY, N.Y. >> Anti-hunger advocates and agriculture groups are criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s opposition to legislation that would give farmers a tax break for donating surplus fruits, vegetables and other locally grown products to food banks to address New York state’s growing hunger problem.

The Democratic governor vetoed the bill this week, the second time in two years the measure has passed the Legislature only to be […]

February 20th, 2017|

On Veterans Day, Hunger Action Network spotlights food insecurity among current and former members of military

On Veterans Day, Hunger Action Network spotlights food insecurity among current and former members of military

 KINGSTON >> Food insecurity is a growing problem among active-duty military families as well as veterans, according to Susan Zimet, executive director of the Hunger Action Network of New York State.

Zimet first became involved in military personnel issues when, as an Ulster County legislator, she spearheaded the effort to create an Ulster County veterans’ cemetery.

Now, in her current post, she is shining a spotlight on military families and veterans who are faced with […]

February 20th, 2017|

The Number Of Hungry And Homeless Students Rises Along With College Costs

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin surveyed more than 4,000 undergrads at community colleges across the country. The results? Twenty percent of students reported being hungry, 13 percent homeless.
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February 8th, 2017|

Faces of Hunger: Honoring Ron Deutsch

 

Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute and long-time Hunger Action Network board member, has been a tireless advocate for low income New Yorkers for over 20 years in Albany. He led the Statewide Emergency Network for Social and Economic Security (SENSES, a statewide  anti-poverty advocacy organization) for 13 years and has been the  Director of FPI’s sister 501(c)(4) organization, New Yorkers for  Fiscal Fairness for the past 8 years. Ron is now serving as the Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute. Ron is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany. He also […]

October 24th, 2016|

FARMERS, ANTI-HUNGER COMMUNITY, ENVIRONMENTALISTS UNITE TO URGE CUOMO TO SIGN ‘FARM TO FOOD BANK’ BILL

ALBANY ─ 144 supporters of the ‘Farm to Food Bank’ tax credit bill released a letter today urging
Governor Cuomo to sign it into law. A statewide coalition of New York’s agriculture sector, antihunger community, and environmental advocates have united in support of bill S.7833
(sponsored by Senator Funke)/A.10584 (sponsored by Assemblymember Moya), which
represents a win-win-win for New York’s farming families, the environment, and the hungry men,
women, and children who rely on emergency food agencies in every county of the state. After
the bill was vetoed last year, the Legislature worked to address the administration’s concerns
and it was passed unanimously by both houses in June 2016.


“New York farmers are some of the […]

October 23rd, 2016|