City Action: Increase EFAP Funding to $22M!

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recently released Executive Budget slashes food funding for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP). If passed, this cut would take 6.8 million meals away from children, seniors and families in need by reducing the food resources of food pantries and soup kitchens.

We need your help to stop it. Read the full statement from Food Bank For New York City’s President & CEO, and TAKE ACTION by sending a message to the Mayor below.


  • Mayor Bill de Blasio


Subject: New Yorkers Deserve Increase EFAP Funding to $22M!

Dear [Decision Maker],

I urge you to increase baseline food funding for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) to $22 million in the Fiscal Year 2019 New York City budget.

I am disappointed to see that despite New York City facing a Meal Gap of 225 million meals, your Executive Budget proposes a cut in EFAP food funding by $7.8 million. EFAP provides a vital supply of nutritious food to soup kitchens and food pantries across the city and to the 1.4 million New Yorkers who rely on the emergency food network to put food on their table.

In October of 2017, 77% of food pantries and soup kitchens across New York City reported elevated visitor traffic since 2013, the year across the board cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) went in to effect. Yet the FY19 Executive Budget proposes to drop EFAP funding to FY12 levels. At a time when the emergency food network is already struggling to meet the needs of vulnerable New Yorkers, and federal food assistance resources are under threat, New York City must lead by baselining additional funding for this vital food supply to ensure emergency food programs can serve every New Yorkers in need.

For struggling New Yorkers, every meal counts. I urge you to baseline funding to EFAP in the final FY2019 New York City budget.

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