Diocese requests help to get signature for NY food program - Catholic Courier
A calf A calf is seen at Noblehurst Farms in Livingston County May 12. The farm is one of many businesses benefiting from New York state’s Nourish New York initiative. (Courier file photo)

A calf is seen at Noblehurst Farms in Livingston County May 12. The farm is one of many businesses benefiting from New York state’s Nourish New York initiative. (Courier file photo)

Diocese requests help to get signature for NY food program

The Diocesan Public Policy Committee is encouraging the faithful of the Rochester Diocese to contact their state legislative leaders to request that they send to Gov. Kathy Hochul a bill to make a vital food program permanent.

In a letter sent to parishes, the public-policy committee said advocacy during Public Policy Weekend in February contributed to the state Legislature voting to make the Nourish New York initiative (S4892A/A5781) permanent. The state Senate passed the legislation in March, with the state Assembly passing the bill in May. However, the legislation was never sent to then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be signed, the letter stated.

In light of that, the public-policy committee is urging the faithful to contact either Gov. Hochul’s office or their state legislative leaders to ask for the bill to be sent to the governor and signed.

Nourish New York, which began on May 1, 2020, as a response to the coronavirus pandemic, provides funding for the state’s food banks and such emergency food providers as parish and community food pantries to buy dairy, produce and meats directly from area farmers, the fishing community and food manufacturers. The providers then funnel the purchased items through their distribution chains to reach folks who are food insecure. To date, food banks have purchased and passed through to food pantries 21 million pounds of agricultural products from New York farms, which fed 1.3 million food-insecure families across the state.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is contact information for Hochul and state legislative leaders:

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Office

515-474-8390 or governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins

Legislative Office Building Room 907

Albany, NY 12247

518-455-2585

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

Legislative Office Building Room 932

Albany, NY 12248

518-455-3791

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Michelle Hinchey

Legislative Office Building Room 902

Albany, NY 12247

518-455-2350

Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Donna Lupardo

Assembly Office Building Room 828

Albany, NY 12248

518-455-5431

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