The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York

Save The Date! NYS Food Summit June 12, 2024


The Food Summit is a biennial event put together by The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York. The event is designed to bring together food assistance providers, academics, advocates, and communities across New York. The all-day symposium-style event aims to educate and share best practices, research, and innovations in hunger relief efforts.

The Food Summit will be held on June 12, 2024, at the Armory of Russell Sage College in Albany. We are expecting 400 in-person participants and 500 virtual participants.

The focus areas for discussion are:
• Strengthening the Food Assistance Networks
• Food as Medicine
• Anti-Hunger Advocacy and Action

We are looking for speakers to share about their work, research, and experiences. If you are interested in speaking, please feel free to fill out this Request for Proposal. Don’t forget to save the date – registration for the event will be available in mid-March.

To see more about previous year’s Food Summits click here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to


Food Pantries Need Support From NYS


We’re seeing a rising number of people across the country who need our services, with decreased support.

We are calling on NYS to fund:
• Hunger Prevention Nutrition Assistance Program at $75 Million,
• Nourish New York at $75 Million,
For each of these programs to have and maintain direct contracts with direct service providers

Thank you to the members of The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York for sharing your stories, Please support them;
West Side Campaign Against Hunger (NYC):
One Church Street Food Pantry (Fulton County):
Tompkins County Food Distribution Network (Tompkins County)
LifeWorks Community Action (Saratoga County):
Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region (Greater Capital Region):
Comfort Food Community (Southern Adirondacks):
Dutchess Outreach (Dutchess County):

Food Pantries Need Support From NYS


The New York State Food Summit – submission proposals


𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗬𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗦𝘂𝗺𝗺𝗶𝘁
𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝟭𝟮𝘁𝗵, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗿𝗺𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗥𝘂𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗦𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗲

Submissions of proposals for speaking will be accepted until March 1st. Click here to submit:



Collaborative Anti-Hunger Advocacy Committee Meeting Tomorrow at 4 p.m.


Meeting date: Thursday, February 8, 2024  4-5pm

Meeting Agenda:
• Food Summit, June 12th, 2024; please share out the request for speakers and submit one as well (please feel free to make very informal submissions).
• Discuss the NYS budget; please share your:

° Analysis on the budget itself
° Resources/One-Pagers that folks can share on your behalf.
° Upcoming Events and Advocacy Days and/or learnings from advocacy days that have happened

• Open floor, are there any update on federal and local policy?



Apparel Pop-up Sale!!


During the month of February 2024, Nourish Designs is donating 10% of purchases of full-priced, in-stock Nourish Apparel to the Alliance for a Hunger Free New York to support efforts to reduce food insecurity within New York State.

As always, each purchase at Nourish also provides funding for meals for kids in Upstate New York.

Visit for details!



A rewarding week of advocacy and collaboration with our friends and partners in the Capital District!

Finishing up a busy and rewarding week of advocacy and collaboration with our friends and partners in the Capital District and beyond!!!

Photo 1 – With Dutchess Outreach and The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York at the beautiful Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies for a meeting of Dutchess County food pantries. Great to participate in this important coalition building work!













Photo 2 – Our Executive Director, Natasha Pernicka, and Associate Executive Director, Angie Pender-Fox, along with Ryan Healy of Feeding New York State testifying at the Joint Legislative Hearing on the Executive Budget Proposal and emphasizing the need for stronger State funding of HPNAP and Nourish NY.

Photo 3 – Natasha filming an interview with John Gray News10 and Angelo Santabarbara, and reiterating the need for increased funding from NYS to support food pantries and other emergencyfood distributors. Tune in Sunday to catch this segment of Empire State Weekly on WTEN.


Photo 4 – Picking up home deliveries at FOCUS Churches of Albany. Our drivers are on the road M-F to keep food pantry shelves stocked and to get home deliveries out to those who are in need and can’t reach their local pantry. Pantries in our coalition distributed over 4 million meals in 2023, over 30% more than […]

Our Natasha Pernicka on Empire State Weekly!


THIS MORNING, Angelo Santabarbara had an insightful interview with John Gray at WTEN on Empire State Weekly, alongside Natasha Pernicka from the The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York. Today, we highlighted the crucial need for increased funding in the state budget to combat food insecurity across New York State. 🌟 We’re pushing for support in the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance (HPNAP) 🍎 and NourishNY 🌽 programs, and advocating for direct contracts for emergency relief providers to ensure a more streamlined and efficient distribution process. Let’s unite to end hunger in New York! 🙏 #EndHungerNY #CommunityUnity Dustin Longmire


Food as Medicine Watch (January 23, 2024)


Original Center articles, news, research studies and events for the week of January 23, 2024
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𝘕𝘰 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘍𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘈𝘴 𝘔𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘦’𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘸𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘥𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘺 𝘋𝘳. 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘬𝘪𝘯, 𝘗𝘩𝘋, 𝘑𝘋, 𝘔𝘗𝘏, 𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘧𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘰𝘳𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘤𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘤 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴.

𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗔𝘀 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗢𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘀
• What’s the Scoop on Greens Powder Supplements? (
• Chrononutrition and CVD Study Spotlight Take-Away With Chef Dr. Mike (
• Food as Medicine Summit Recording on (

𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗔𝘀 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗹𝘆 𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗗𝗶𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁
𝘛𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 (𝘔𝘢𝘺𝘣𝘦)
• Effect of multivitamin-mineral supplementation versus placebo on cognitive function: results from the clinic subcohort of the COcoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS) randomized clinical trial and meta-analysis of 3 cognitive studies within COSMOS (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)
• There’s a Surprising Link Between Food And Sleep: Here’s How to Eat For a Restful Night (Science Alert)
• Effects of the Low-Carb Organic Mediterranean Diet on Testosterone Levels and Sperm Dna Fragmentation (Current Research in Food Science)
• Why Healthy Fats Are a Key Part of the Mediterranean Diet (NY Times)
• Industry-Funded Studies of the Week: The Beef Checkoff in Action (Food Politics)
• Wheat Diet May Exacerbate Multiple Sclerosis Severity, Research Finds (MedicalXpress)
• A Look at the Evidence Linking Diet to Skin Conditions (News Medical Life Sciences)
• The Mediterranean Diet May Be […]

Addressing food insecurity and promoting equity at NYS Capitol


Productive meeting today with @alliancehungerfreeny, discussing ways to address food insecurity and promote equity. Together, we can make a meaningful impact! 🌽🤝 #FoodSecurity #CommunityPartnerships #EquityInAction 🍲🌍


Last week, The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York marched to the NYS Capitol


Last week, The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York marched to the NYS Capitol to tell the state what is needed to support frontline community food providers – food pantries and food rescues in each of our neighborhoods.

We hope that the Governor’s budget today will reflect what we’ve been asking for:

-$75 million for Hunger Prevention Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP)

-$75 million for Nourish NY

– and to continue direct contracts for both of these programs with ALL types of providers, like food pantries, soup kitchens, food rescues, AND food banks


Friends, colleagues and partners joined together for the 32nd Annual People’s State of the State


Yesterday, The Food Pantries for the Capital District joined friends, colleagues and partners for the 32nd Annual People’s State of the State organized by The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York. It was a great day of advocacy work in support of Emergency Food Relief Programs (Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens)!

With increased service levels across NY, a recent NYS Dept of Health report confirming that 1 in 4 NY adults are food insecure, and stagnant State funding for essential programs Nourish NY and HPNAP, our state government must do more! Scroll through for pics from the day and an overview of the budget recommendations we are calling for!