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AARP Urges Legislature to Join Governor, Take Effective Steps to Fight Hunger

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Praises Gov. Cuomo for Proposing to Expand SNAP Reach

Statement by AARP NYS Director Beth Finkel on Anti-Hunger recommendations in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2016 Agenda:

“Too many older New Yorkers battle hunger, and AARP applauds Governor Cuomo for proposing to adopt the recommendations of the state’s Anti-Hunger Task Force (pages 169-176).

“Governor Cuomo rightly acknowledged the health, mental and emotional toll hunger can take on the elderly. His proposals to expand eligibility and outreach for the federally-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) while fighting stigma through a new credit card-like benefits card, to help adult day care centers take advantage of available but underutilized federal food funding, and to continue last year’s state funding level for New York’s emergency food system through 2020 all make eminent sense.

“About half of New Yorkers 60 and older who were eligible AARP NY 2013 Hunger White Paper as of 2013 – about half a million people. And delivering SNAP to more New Yorkers would help both the needy and their communities; every $5 in SNAP benefits generates $9 in community spending.

“I was proud to serve on the Anti-Hunger Task Force, and AARP strongly urges the state Legislature to join the Governor and adopt the task force’s recommendations.”

Contact: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org

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