City Action: NYC Budget Victory!

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council agreed to the FY19 City Budget today, including an $8.7 million baseline increase to the Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP), the first such increase since 2012. Read our statement here, then join us in thanking our champions in City Hall for ensuring EFAP Helps more New Yorkers in need!


  • Council Member Barry Grodenchik
  • Speaker Corey Johnson
  • Council Member Stephen Levin
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio


Thank you for ensuring EFAP HELPS more NYers!

Dear [Decision Maker],

Thank you for prioritizing anti-hunger programs in New York City's Fiscal Year 2019 budget. I applaud the increase in baseline funding for NYC's Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP). As proposals from Washington D.C. threaten the anti-hunger safety net, strong investment from our City is essential for addressing New York City's Meal Gap of 225 million meals and protecting our neighbors from hunger.

This increase to EFAP funding will better enable our city's food pantries and soup kitchens to serve the 1.4 million vulnerable New Yorkers who rely on them and help reduce shortages in the emergency food supply. I also believe that every support for low income people in our City is important, and recognize the significant step forward of Fair Fares. For people struggling to make ends meet, every meal received from a food pantry or soup kitchen and every dollar saved on a MetroCard, matters.

I urge you to visit an emergency food program in the coming year, and to take every opportunity to support these community organizations that are the last line of defense against hunger. I look forward to working with you as we continue to level the nutritional playing field. Thank you for your work to ensure our City's priorities are to do the most good for those with the least.

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