The Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program awarded more than 1.4-MILLION dollars in funding to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.
The funding announced Tuesday by Governor Andrew Cuomo is administered by the Department of Health.
Emergency food relief organizations serve as a safety net for people in need in New York. Although some individuals and families are eligible for federal food assistance, it is often not enough, and food pantries and soup kitchens operated by these organizations help fill the gap.
To ensure better nutrition, agencies receiving these awards are required to devote a portion of the funding to food identified as helpful in the prevention of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. These foods include low-fat milk and fresh vegetables and fruits. In addition to providing food, the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program helps emergency food relief organizations provide clients with information on the benefits of healthy eating, strategies for healthy behaviors, and simple recipes that incorporate healthy foods. Many food banks and soup kitchens also offer monthly cooking workshops and food safety training’s to their clients.
The money is part of 36.5-MILLION dollars in statewide funding that will benefit 8 regional food banks and more than 26-HUNDRED food pantries and soup kitchens.