During Anti-Hunger Awareness Month, Met Council participated in the Food Bank for New York City’s third annual Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day in Washington DC. In meetings with members and staff of New York City’s Congressional delegation, 50 agency leaders from among New York City’s emergency food providers advocated for restoration of funding of the The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)—a $50 million increase from current funding levels.
The day was particularly important because Met Council food pantries have seen a 15% increase in demand on our pantries from new clients and an additional increase in need from our previous clients since November 2013. With limited resources to meet the increase in demand, Met Council works to provide holistic case assistance to mitigate the harsh November reductions to SNAP for families and seniors in need.
To combat the decrease in SNAP allocations, we rely on the food from the TEFAP System.