Met Council participated in the Food Bank for New York City’s Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day in Albany. In meetings with New York City’s delegation, Met Council and 50 agency leaders from among New York City’s emergency food providers advocated for increasing Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) funding in the Executive Budget in FY2015-16. This funding will provide approximately 675,000 additional meals and ensure critical funding for operational support.
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.