Issues: Nutrition

September is Hunger Action Month ~ Read more from The Food Bank of the Southern Tier

September is Hunger Action Month.

Across the Southern Tier, 1 in 4 residents receive assistance from the Food Bank at some point during the year. That's approximately 44% higher than the national average of 1 in 7 Americans served by the Feeding America network of food banks.

Read more from The Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

September 2, 2015

Food Bank for Westchester's "Go Orange" Initiative

(Elmsford - September 1st) Supporting ‪#‎FB4W‬ Food Bank for Westchester's "Go Orange" initiative this month to help fight hunger here in our communities. Standing with my partners in government, Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, along with Food Bank for Westchester President & CEO Ellen Lynch and other members of the Board of Directors. The Food Bank for Westchester is based in Elmsford, in my Senate District, and provides food assistance throughout the county.

September 1, 2015

Health Fair 2015

Senator Dilan is partnering with the Lindsay Park Housing Corp and community healthcare providers for a Health Fair in celebration of the Lindsay Park co-ops 50th anniversary.

This Saturday, August 29, 2015, from 12  pm to 4 pm, in the complex parking lot, 202 Union Ave., between 30 Montrose Avenue (Building 1) and 25 Boerum Street (Building 2).

Health information, screenings, and much more for the entire family!

August 29, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Senator Felder Helps Prepare Meals for Needy New Yorkers

Senator Felder, at Masbia Soup Kitchen in Brooklyn, helps prepare meals for needy New Yorkers alongside Commissioner Ana Bermudez and Department of Probation employees.


July 14, 2015

More Seniors Now Eligible for Free Produce from Local Farmers' Markets

Program Sponsored by Senator Young Supports Better Health, Local Farmers


ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) announced today that funding included in this year’s state budget will provide free farm-fresh fruits and vegetables from area farmers’ markets to seniors in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Livingston Counties.


July 2, 2015

Theresa Bowick, Winner of the Get Outdoors Award

I was pleased to present Theresa Bowick with the Get Outdoors Award from Parks and Trails New York yesterday at the State Capitol. Theresa started the Conkey Cruisers, a grassroots neighborhood bicycling group that rides along the El Camino Trail in the northeast part of the City of Rochester. Theresa started the Conkey Cruisers in hopes that they will inspire her neighbors to stay active, make healthy food choices, decrease obesity rates and create a positive image of their neighborhood. Congratulations to Theresa, and all of the members of the Conkey Cruisers, and thank you for your commitment to the City of Rochester!

June 11, 2015


Promoting Better Health and Boosting Local Farmers Are Goals of Expanded ProgramSenator Patty Ritchie today announced that funding she included in this year’s state budget will provide free farm-fresh fruits and vegetables from area Farmers Markets to 2,700 seniors from Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties, as a way to boost nutrition and healthy eating, while at the same time helping to strengthen the bottom lines of New York farmers.

June 11, 2015

Albany lawmakers propose health letter grades for street food vendors

As reported by Daily News:

ALBANY — Health Department letter grades for street food vendors could be on the menu if two Democratic state lawmakers succeed in creating a commission to oversee city snack carts.

 The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx), is designed to address many of the tensions and issues between regular stores and food cart vendors as well as a black market food business that has grown over the years.

"This has been a problem for a while,” Peralta said.

For full article, click here.

April 27, 2015


Hundreds of Bronx Students Enter Local “Eat Well, Play Well” Themed Competition

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with the Throggs Neck Community Action Partnership (TNCAP), today hosted their 17th annual poster contest – selecting twenty Bronx students as this year’s award winners in the “Eat Well, Play Well” themed competition.

April 24, 2015

Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015

Senator Farley Meets with Nutrition Association

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with representatives of the New York School Nutrition Association on Feb. 10th in Albany. Teal Carpenter of the Gloversville Enlarged School District, Melinda Madison of HFM BOCES and Northville Central School District, and Clifton Park resident John Ricci of ConAgra Food, discussed budget issues and the “farm-to-school” program.

March 5, 2015

Senator Marc Panepinto Comments on the Passage of First Anti-Hunger Legislation

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Marc Panepinto released the following statement on the passage of his first co-sponsored bill (S.854) combatting poverty and hunger:

“We have all been taught from very young ages that food should never be wasted. My co-sponsored bill tackles this notion head on by increasing the amount of food assistance that New York provides to the poor and disadvantaged. By finally establishing protocols and communication procedures to donate any excess or unused edible food from the more than $2 million school meals that are served every day in our state, we are moving the needle forward on not only a social justice front, but an economic justice one as well. While I will continue fighting for more long term solutions to reducing poverty and hunger such as raising the minimum wage, I am proud to have passed this commonsense legislation which expands relief for so many New Yorkers who go to sleep hungry at night.”

March 3, 2015

Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014

Senator Valesky Drops Off Donation to Food Bank of CNY

Senator David Valesky stopped by the Food Bank of CNY on November 24, 2014 to drop off a donation check. The amount, $1,926.04, is based on the total weight of items collected at his e-recycling event in October: 113,383 lbs of e-waste! This donation will provide 7,000 meals for the patrons of the Food Bank's services. With Senator Valesky are, from left, Alice Kim, director of government relations for Time Warner Cable; Kathleen Stress, Food Bank of CNY's executive director; and Craig Wilson, community liaison for Senator Valesky.

November 24, 2014

Valesky bill to cover equipment and supplies for ostomies signed into law

SYRACUSE—This week, Governor Cuomo signed into law S.7893, sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) which requires every insurance policy to include equipment and supplies necessary for the treatment of ostomies.

An ostomy is a surgically created opening connecting an internal organ to the abdomen, caused by many different conditions, including cancer, bowel disease, birth defects and injury. Different kinds of ostomies are named for the organ involved, such as a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy.

September 25, 2014

Greenway Shoprite's Help Bag For Hunger

To continue her efforts in the fight against hunger, Senator Stewart-Cousins, along with Assemblymembers Shelley Mayer and Gary Pretlow, took part in Greenway ShopRite's "Help Bag Food for Hunger" Event on Wednesday, September 17th, during National Hunger Awareness Month. This year’s ShopRite Partners In Caring contest issued a new challenge to ShopRite associates – to raise an unprecedented $1.5 million to support food banks in the communities ShopRite serves.

September 19, 2014

Senator Valesky Takes on Locavore Challenge

Syracuse, NY – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is taking part in the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York’s (NOFA-NY) Locavore Challenge, which it holds each September to inspire awareness and action in eating locally and organically through events and activities around the state and online.

“We are fortunate to live in an area with a strong agricultural base and where locally produced foods are so readily available,” Senator Valesky said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the abundance of produce at our farmers’ markets, to support restaurants that buy local food products and to take part in the Locavore Challenge themselves.”

September 17, 2014


Brooklyn, NY – For the seventh consecutive year, State Senator Kevin Parker and Sesame Flyers International, Inc., hosted Harvest Fest – an end-of-summer /  back-to-school celebration for Brooklyn families at Paerdegat Park on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Over 500 families came out for the event which included face painting, games, fitness and nutrition resources and CPR instruction to children and their parents. 

September 10, 2014

In the News: Westchester Food Bank Goes Orange For Hunger Awareness (Source: Daily Voice)

Source: Daily Voice

The holiday season is usually the biggest donation time for food banks, but Food Bank For Westchester (FBW) hopes to inspire others to remember the hungry every time of year.

In observance of September as Feeding America's Hunger Action Month, the FBW announced Thursday its "Go Orange To End Hunger," campaign – a month-long campaign to raise awareness of Westchester's hungry residents.

September 8, 2014

Food Bank for Westchester September's Hunger Action Month

Senator Stewart-Cousins wore orange on Thursday, September 4th, to help the Food Bank For Westchester raise awareness during September's Hunger Action Month. Volunteers joined in at the Elmsford warehouse, raising their arms in the fight to end hunger. They estimate 200,000 people in Westchester are hungry or food-challenged, 66,000 of them are children and 44,000 are seniors. #GoOrangetoEndHunger

September 4, 2014
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