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Bill to End Finger Image for Food Stamps Is Still Moving, Make 2 Calls

July 9, 2010

Make  Two Phone Calls on A1681A/S6291

The NY State Senate passed a bill (S6291) that would eliminate the finger imaging requirement for food stamps. The bill was amended as it underwent debate in the Assembly (A1681A).
Now, both the Senate and Assembly have to get the bill to a vote in special session. To ensure they do so, email or call both your State Senator and Assemblyman and tell them:

“Hello, my name is _____ and I am calling in support of A1681A/S6291. This bill simplifies the food stamp application process by removing an expensive and ineffective barrier in the application process. I urge (Rep’s name) to get this bill to a vote in special session on behalf of the 1.4 million New Yorkers who live in homes that cannot afford enough food.”

Here’s an update on everything we have been working on:

City Budget: The New York City Council Passed its 2011 Budget on June 24th.

– EFAP (city funding for food pantries and soup kitchens) stayed at the same funding level as in 2010.

– Despite the letters to Mayor Bloomberg and a press event to prevent cuts to the Dept. of Education/ School Food, funding for Universal School Meals in approximately 100 NYC schools was still cut.

This means that 100 participating schools this year, and 136 next year, will no longer be able to offer all students a free lunch regardless of their income.

Child Nutrition Reauthorization Update

Both the Senate and House have proposed versions of CNR. The House Education & Labor Committee is still holding hearings about the bill (watch the latest hearing here) and the Senate has passed their version out of Committee. The next step is for the House of Representatives to pass the CNR bill out of Committee, and into the full House for a vote.

Stay tuned.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. August 29, 2010 7:17 pm

    Ya’ll do great work for a greater cause, keep it up

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