DIOCESE OF ROCHESTER PARISH-BASED ADVOCACY
PUBLIC POLICY WEEKEND FEBRUARY 13 & 14, 2021
NOURISH NEW YORK
“How we organize our society – in economics and politics, in law and policy – directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community.”
(U.S. Catholic Bishops, Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions, 1998)
We are social beings. We realize our dignity and human potential in our families and communities. The family is the basic cell of society, it must be supported. Government has the mission of protecting human life, promoting the common good of all persons, and defending the right and duty of all to participate in social life. The COVID-19 pandemic has focused a spotlight on two vulnerable groups in New York State: farmers and our neighbors who are food insecure – many are newly hungry due to job losses caused by the pandemic.
NOURISH NEW YORK is a New York State initiative that provides a lifeline for food insecure families and for farmers who have been struggling with changes brought on by COVID-19. The initiative provides funding to Food Banks to purchase New York State-produced farm products. This accomplishes two goals: it offers market support to farmers, the fishing community, and food processors who have been impacted by the economic effects of the pandemic, while getting high-quality food to individuals and families in communities across the state through the regional Food Banks and local food pantries.
NOURISH NEW YORK has provided $35 million in funding during the period May 1 through December 31, 2020. To date, 4,152 New York farms have provided over 17 Million pounds of high-quality New Yorkproduced food to New Yorkers in-need.
NOURISH NEW YORK initiative ended December 31, 2020. It is imperative that this effective program continue. Therefore, because of the current economic crisis caused by the pandemic, we call on New York State leaders to provide $50 million for state fiscal year 2021-22 to make NOURISH NEW YORK an ongoing program to respond to the need for hunger relief and farm survival across New York State.
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