The undersigned organizations write to thank you for taking on the responsibility of representing your friends, neighbors and fellow New Yorkers in Congress. At a time when nearly three million people in our great state struggle with hunger – including more than 900,000 children – we urge your resolve to protect and defend our vital federal nutrition programs against eligibility restrictions and benefits cuts in 2017 and beyond.
Hunger in New York State would be far, far worse were it not for the nation’s profoundly successful and cost-effective anti-hunger programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps), school breakfast and lunch, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that pays for children’s nutrition in child care, Head Start, afterschool programs and shelters, summer food programs, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).
We give thanks for these national nutrition programs that reduce hunger and poverty, improve health and learning, improve productivity, create jobs and economic growth, and strengthen our communities. These programs help New Yorkers in every corner of the state including seniors, children, people with disabilities, veterans and active duty military families, low-paid workers, unemployed and underemployed adults.
As our representatives in Washington, you play a key role in decisions that affect the lives of all New Yorkers. We hope we can count on a united New York delegation to act as champions for our neighbors who struggle with food insecurity, and protect these lifelines in the face of any and all attacks.
We call on our New York Delegation to protect the federal nutrition programs from funding cuts, block grants, and other harmful changes that will limit access. These critical programs are based upon deep and long-standing bipartisan support – rooted in the prevailing notion that nobody in our nation should go hungry. We urge the New York Delegation to do everything in its power to protect and defend these federal nutrition programs, ensure they are fully funded and take steps to assure that all hungry people in our country have access to the nutrition they need to live a healthy, active life. We stand ready to work with you to achieve this goal.