DIOCESE OF ROCHESTER PARISH-BASED ADVOCACY
The NY State Legislature voted to establish Nourish NY as a permanent state program through the Department of Agriculture and Markets.
This provides funding to New York’s food banks and emergency food providers for the direct purchase of New York produced fruit, vegetables, and dairy products to feed those seeking assistance.
Nourish NY expands market opportunities for farmers, eliminates food waste, and makes sure no New Yorker goes hungry.
“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.
WE HELPED MAKE THE NOURISH NEW YORK PROGRAM PERMANENT.
BUT THE BILL WAS NEVER SENT TO THE GOVERNOR FOR SIGNATURE! PLEASE HELP!
The New York State Legislature voted to make NOURISH NEW YORK (NYS Senate Bill S4892A), the state’s farm to food bank/pantry initiative, a permanent state program. This pandemic-initiative provides funding to New York’s food banks and emergency food providers (such as Catholic parish food pantries and other community food pantries) for the direct purchase of New York-produced fruit, vegetables and dairy products to feed those in need. To-date, food banks have purchased and passed through to food pantries, 21 million pounds of agricultural products from New York farms which fed 1.3 million food-insecure families across the state. NOURISH NEW YORK invests in a statewide food system that expands market opportunities for farmers, eliminates food waste, and makes sure no New Yorker goes hungry.
Our advocacy on Diocesan Public Policy Weekend (February 2021) helped make the NOURISH NEW YORK program permanent, but legislative leaders never sent the bill to the Governor for signature!
Please contact Governor Kathy Hochul. Ask her to request that the NOURISH NY bill be sent to her by the Legislature for her signature. 518-474-8390 or governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form
Please contact these State legislative leaders to urge that they send the bill to Governor Hochul today and call your NYS Senator and Assemblymember – ask them to get the NOURISH NY bill signed.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins
Legislative Office Building Room 907
Albany, NY 12247
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Legislative Office Building Room 932
Albany, NY 12248
Senate Ag Committee Chair Michelle Hinchey
Legislative Office Building Room 902
Albany, NY 12247
Assembly Ag Committee Chair Donna Lupardo
Assembly Office Building Room 828
Albany, NY 12248