The Chapin Center for Public Policy is the advocacy wing of Long Island Cares. Regrettably, ending hunger is not something that food banks, despite their best efforts, can do on their own. To definitively end hunger and its root causes, we advocate for long-term public policy solutions at the local, state, and federal levels.
Hunger is an extremely complicated public health issue greatly impacted by economic forces such as unemployment and politics. In New York, the funding the state legislature allocates to support its food banks through the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) demonstrates its commitment to fighting hunger. As a member of the Food Bank Association of New York State, we advocate to protect HPNAP funding alongside the seven other regional food banks. Furthermore, as the administrator of the federal government’s The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), we partner with the USDA to provide much-needed commodity and administrative assistance to our network of 560+ member agencies.
The fight against hunger necessitates a robust emergency food assistance network, but this is simply not enough. A strong and accessible nutrition safety net is required to complement the supplemental food that food banks are able to provide. This tiered solution is the most sustainable method to attacking an epidemic afflicting nearly 50 million Americans while we advocate for the systemic changes needed to permanently eradicate hunger in America.
We need your help! Please review our 2017 Legislative Agenda and join us in our advocacy efforts. Your calls, letters, and social media posts are greatly appreciated and extremely impactful. Together, we can influence public policy!
The roles and responsibilities of the Chapin Center are:
To find out how you can get involved in fighting against hunger on Long Island – and make a difference in the lives of thousands of your neighbors – contact Michael W. Haynes, Chief Government Affairs Officer, or call 631-824-6386.
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