Hearing Before The New York City Council Committee on Aging and Subcommittee on Senior Centers

Testimony of Will Thomas, Director of Research, Policy, and Advocacy Hunger Free America Hearing Before The New York City Council Committee on Aging and Subcommittee on Senior Centers April 26 th , 2017 My name is Will Thomas, and I am the Director of Research, Policy, and Advocacy at Hunger Free America. Formerly called the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, Hunger Free America changed its name in 2016 to better reflect the broad scope of our national work. This was also accompanied with intensifying our local efforts under the new name, Hunger Free New York City. I would like to thank...

Testimony of Joel Berg, Hearing Before The New York City Council Immigration Committee

Testimony of Joel Berg, Chief Executive Officer Hunger Free America Hearing Before The New York City Council Immigration Committee Oversight: The Impact of New Immigration Enforcement Tactics on Access to Justice and Services. March 15 th , 2017 My name is Joel Berg, and I am the Chief Executive Office of Hunger Free America. Formerly called the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, Hunger Free America changed its name in 2016 to better reflect the broad scope of our national work. This was also accompanied with intensifying our local efforts under the new name, Hunger Free New York City. I...

GOP Proposes Liberating Poor Americans from Oppression of Eating

For Immediate Release: April 1, 2017 Contact: Magen Allen: Mallen@hungerfreeamerica.org GOP Proposes Liberating Poor Americans from “Oppression” of Eating Having failed in their attempts to “liberate” 24 million Americans from the “anti-freedom oppression” of having health care, the GOP is now moving to “liberate low-income Americans from the oppression of eating” by trying to slash funding for Meals on Wheels, food banks, school meals, and SNAP (formerly called Food Stamp) benefits. House Speaker Paul Ryan said: “Our new proposals would liberate tens of millions of Americans from the freedom...

New Trump Budget Proposal Would Immediately Cut Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, and Homelessness-Prevention Efforts

For Immediate Release: March 28, 2016 Contact: Magen Allen Mallen@hungerfreeamerica.org, (212) 825-0028, ext. 212 New Trump Budget Proposal Would Immediately Cut Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, and Homelessness-Prevention Efforts “Cruel and Counter-Productive,” Say Advocates As Politico reported today, “The White House is asking Congress to cut $18 billion from discretionary spending bills for the current fiscal year that have been long settled.” The White House request includes a reduction in $20 million (17%) in the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program, which funds food banks, soup...

Work Requirements for Medicaid “Immoral and Unworkable,” Say Advocates

For Immediate Release: March 20, 2017 Work Requirements for Medicaid “Immoral and Unworkable,” Say Advocates Provision Similar to Those Already in Place for SNAP (Food Stamp) Benefits In response to news reports that President Trump and House Republicans have agreed to include in their health care bill requirements that able bodied adults prove they are working in order to receive Medicaid – a provision long in place in the SNAP (formerly called the Food Stamp) Program, Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, and author of America We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation , issued the...

OMB Director Mick Mulvaney Claims No Evidence After-School Feeding Programs Work

For Immediate Release: March 16th, 2017 OMB Director Mick Mulvaney Claims No Evidence After-School Feeding Programs Work Advocates Challenge Him to Meet with Children, Parents, and Teachers to See Programs Working This afternoon, federal OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, participating in a White House Press Briefing, said, “ Let’s talk about after school programs… They’re supposed to help kids who don’t get fed at home, get fed so they do better in school. Guess what? There’s no demonstrable evidence that they are actually doing that, there’s no demonstrable evidence that they are actually helping...

Trumps Budget Proposal Response by Hunger Free America

For Immediate Release: March 16, 2017 Contact: Magen Allen Mallen@hungerfreeamerica.org (212) 825-0028, ext. 212 Trump’s Budget: “Bait and Switch for Rural Americans that Elected Him” “Rural Communities will Lose Jobs and Pay More in Taxes” Trump Launches “War on People in Poverty to Fund Billionaire Tax Cuts” Reduces Funding for Nutrition for Pregnant Woman and Infants “Talks Like Robin Hood but Pushes Policies to Aid Sheriffs of Nottingham” International Food Aid Cuts Will “Increase Risk of War” President Trump’s new budget outline is a “bait and switch for rural Americans and would most...

Fact Check: Trump Poverty and Welfare Statements in Inaugural Address

For Immediate Release: January 20, 2017 Fact Check: Trump Poverty and Welfare Statements in Inaugural Address In his inaugural address today, President Donald Trump said: “But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities … We will get our people off of welfare and back to work.” President Trump thus implied that most U.S. poverty is in “inner cities” and that large numbers of Americans currently receive “welfare”; both implications are extremely misleading. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2015, the most recent...

2017 MLK Anti-Hunger Weekend of Service Press Conference

Contact: Magen Allen MAllen@hungerfreeamerica.org (212) 825-0028 x212 ***Media Advisory*** 2017 MLK Anti-Hunger Weekend of Service to Feature Over 400 Volunteers at 38 Sites Across the City Volunteers Combining Direct Action and Social Justice to Fight Hunger Sunday Kick-Off Event to Feature Elected Officials and Community Leaders What: Hunger Free America’s (Previously known as The New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH)) Annual MLK Serve-a-Thon will engage over 400 volunteers at 38 sites across the city from Friday January 13 th through Monday, January 16 th . This year’s Serve-a-...

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