ALBANY (WENY) – New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced state actions Thursday in recognition of Hunger Action Month.
The fourth round of the Nourish New York program launched this month with an additional $25 million distributed to New York’s abundance of emergency food providers. With the funding, food banks statewide will honor the month by organizing food distributions, food drives and other events. They will also have the ability to distribute dairy vouchers to be redeemed in grocery stores, and can also purchase products directly from New York dairy and food manufacturers for their programs.
A total of $85 million has been invested in Nourish New York to date throughout the four months of funding. The program helps emergency food providers in the state of New York purchase agricultural products, such as dairy, produce, seafood and eggs.
Sept. 17 is additionally Hunger Action Day. To celebrate the specific day, state landmarks will be lit in orange on Friday to honor New York’s continued support to combat hunger in communities. The state landmarks set to be lit are as follows:
- Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
- Kosciuszko Bridge
- H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
- State Education Building
- Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
- State Fairgrounds – Main Gate & Expo Center
- Niagara Falls
- Albany International Airport Gateway
- Grand Central Terminal – Pershing Square Viaduct
- Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge
- MTA LIRR – East End Gateway at Penn Station
- One World Trade Center
Hunger Action Month is observed each Sept. to raise awareness about food insecurity and bolster the fight against hunger. Gov. Hochul encourages all New Yorkers to help communities in any way they can.
“Food insecurity has only intensified over the difficult past year and a half that we’ve all faced together, and too many New Yorkers are finding it challenging to put food on the table,” she said. “New York State continues to lead the way combating hunger in our communities, and we’re stepping up this Hunger Action Month to raise awareness and make sure that more New Yorkers can feed their families. I encourage everyone to take part in Hunger Action Month, support their communities and contribute to helping New Yorkers recover from the devastating effects of this terrible pandemic.”