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The Food Bank of Central New York will receive $380,000 of the governor's grant. Photo: Zach Hirsch
The Food Bank of Central New York will receive $380,000 of the governor's grant. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Food banks get pre-holiday boost

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On November 1st, a boost to food stamps from the 2009 federal stimulus expired. For the millions of Americans who rely on food stamps, that meant a hole in their monthly food budget.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been urging New Yorkers to give to local food pantries, and as Zach Hirsch reports, his own office is leading by example.

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In time for Thanksgiving, Governor Cuomo announced that he’ll distribute a 4.5 million-dollar grant to food banks across the state.

“Roughly 13% of the people in the state of New York don’t have enough food to eat,” he said in a phone conference on Tuesday. 

The 4.5 million dollars won’t completely replace what the federal government cut earlier this month. But still, Lynn Hy of the Food Bank of Central New York says it’s something.

“This is great news for families that are struggling to make ends meet on a daily basis,” she said.  

Hy was relieved to learn about the grant. She says the cuts to food stamps work out to be about 11 dollars per person per month, and families were already coming to the food pantry to fill the gap.  

"While eleven dollars per person doesn’t seem like a huge amount in SNAP cuts, when you’re making a decision already to  pay for your rent over buying food, eleven dollars is a huge amount.”

The Central NY Food Bank’s share of the governor’s grant is 380,000 dollars. Hy says the money will go a long way for the 11 counties her organization serves. 

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