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 2019 Legislative Priorities 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:

  • Legislative Action. The Chapin Center for Public Policy mobilizes our staff, board of directors, agencies and clients around the issues of hunger and self-sufficiency. Activities include advocacy letters, signing petitions, providing legislative testimony, and serving on various public policy committees.
  • Education. As Long Island’s regional food bank, we see food insecure people every day and must use our platform to illuminate the often hidden issue of hunger on Long Island. This is necessary to garner the public support needed for sustainable public policy solutions in the future. Activities include op-eds in local newspapers, social media platforms updates, and advocacy training sessions.
  • Special Events. The Chapin Center either hosts or participates in various special events publicizing hunger on Long Island and the creative, innovative responses taken by Long Island Cares to help. Activities include an annual legislative breakfast in our warehouse, attending the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and Feeding America’s Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, roundtable discussions with legislators/community leaders, and press conferences to generate awareness on timely legislation.

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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