Council Members and Community Call for Increase in Critical Funding for Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP)
CITY HALL - Today, New York City Council Members, emergency food providers, and residents from across the city stood united on the steps of City Hall with a simple message: “No New Yorker should have to go to bed hungry.”
More than one million residents, or 16 percent of the city, rely on providers such as a food pantry or soup kitchen for emergency food. Over 500 organizations that provide millions of meals a year to families face substantial underfunding while the demand for their services continues to grow. In order to adequately meet the pressing need, Council Members and advocates called for funding for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) to be increased to $22 million in baseline funding. The Executive Budget reduces EFAP funding to an FY 2015 level of $8.2 million.
We need to stand united against hunger. Millions of New Yorkers rely on meals from food banks and soup kitchens, and the need is greater than ever before. Underfunding has already resulted in food banks turning some families away when supplies run out. If we do not increase our commitment to the Emergency Food Assistance Program, we risk more families going home hungry. No family should have to choose between paying for necessary expenses and being able to eat. We have the means to provide adequate funding that will ensure no New Yorker is turned away from help when it is needed the most.