Advocacy

WSCAH continues to pursue strong advocacy efforts to help push the needle on policies that affect our customers and other Emergency Food Providers in New York City. WSCAH has diligently advocated for a seat at the table and is now part of the New York City Innovative Capacity Working Group. This group consists of key leaders from the Food Bank of New York City, United Way of New York City, Met Council, New York Common Pantry, the Campaign Against Hunger, and the Human Resource Administration/Department of Social Services (HRA) working alongside the Mayor’s Office for Food Policy. 

Additionally, WSCAH has led successful advocacy efforts on behalf of Emergency Food Providers and the communities we serve to provide vaccination access to the frontline workers who have been risking their health every day of the pandemic to ensure that New Yorkers can access the healthy food they need and deserve. 

Thanks to the efforts of WSCAH and our colleagues across The Roundtable – a dedicated network of emergency food providers – NYC’s Community Food Connection (CFC), formerly known as the Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP), now includes a choice of fresh produce after decades of only offering shelf stable food. CFC provides funding to more than 500 community kitchens and food pantries citywide. 

WSCAH also continues to monitor state funding dollars, specifically through the New York State Nourish Program, which provides funding to purchase New York grown produce for their customers. WSCAH advocated and received a second round of Nourish New York State dollars to purchase New York State grown produce.

If you are interested in getting involved in WSCAH’s advocacy efforts please contact us at info@wscah.org or 212-362-3662.

See our policy actions below:

Testimony on the Current State of Public Assistance Benefits – October 19, 2022

Commentary on the New York State Department of Health’s Medicare Waiver – October 14, 2022

Commentary on the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health – July 1, 2022

Commentary on EFAP Ruling – August 8, 2022

Testimonial on Increasing Funding for Emergency Feeding Organizations Before the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare – March 9, 2022

Testimonial on Making Necessary Changes to EFAP Before the New York City Council – March 17, 2021

Emergency Food New York City Council Letter – May 5, 2020

Testimony at Oversight Hearing on Agency Procurement in Compliance with Local Laws 50 (Brewer) and 52 (Dickens) of 2011 – January 14, 2020

Growing Food Equity Bills Testimony by Executive Director before the City Council Committees on Economic Development, Education, and General Welfare – September 18, 2019

TEFAP and SNAP Testimony by Executive Director at the Farm Bill Listening Session – November 3, 2017

SNAP Testimony by Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator before the General Welfare Committee at City Council – September 6, 2017

SNAP Testimony by Board Member/Customer Representative before the General Welfare Committee at City Council – September 6, 2017

Universal Free School Lunch Testimony before the Education Committee at City Council – March 21, 2017

Reducing Food Insecurity in New York City Testimony at City Council – January 25, 2017

Lunch 4 Learning Testimony at City Council – March 16, 2016

General Welfare Testimony at City Council – March 15, 2016