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Food Bank of Central New York Reports on Food Insecurity in CNY Region


The Food Bank of Central New York says a recent release by a partner, Feeding America, gave an insight into the food insecurity to the service area that the Food Bank of Central New York serves, which includes Cortland County.

According to the information, overall food insecurity in Cortland County shows 12.5% of the population are food insecure. Data also shows that 14.7% of children in the county are food insecure. Cortland County was the second lowest county in the Food Bank of CNY’s service area for child food insecurity, the highest was Oswego County at 20% of the population.

“The new data show an additional 36,870 individuals in our service area are unable to access the food they need to live a healthy life. These numbers sadden me to think that more and more Americans don’t know where their next meal will come from and it reinforces the essential role of our staff at Food Bank of Central New York and the work being done every day.”

Executive Director of the Food Bank of Central New York, Karen Belcher said in a release.

The Food Bank of Central New York has helped thousands of people in the region, hitting a milestone of 20 million pounds of food distributed since July 1, 2023.

“It’s important to remember that these figures represent our neighbors – and to know that we all have the power to influence change. We should not (and I refuse to) accept that there are seniors choosing between lifesaving medication and nutritious food and that there are children whose only meals are at school. Congress has the opportunity right now to invest in and strengthen critical anti-hunger programs like SNAP and The Emergency Food Assistance Program in the Farm Bill. We encourage you to join us in urging Congress to work together to pass a bipartisan Farm Bill that strengthens and protects the federal nutrition programs that help put food on the table for our neighbors in need.”

Belcher continued.

You can find the full release and learn more about the Food Bank of Central New York, HERE.

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