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339Hunger Action Tues Oct 16, 30 Anniv NYC

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  • Dunleamark@aol.com
    Oct 15, 2012
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      Hope you can join us in NYC for Tues. All donations gladly accepted. Home in plenty of time for the Presidential debates.

      Hunger Action 30th Anniversary, Tues. Oct. 16, 5:30 PM


      Hunger Action Network's 30th anniversary event will take place in NYC on Tuesday, October 16  - World Food Day - at 1199 SEIU, 310 W. 43rd St., Manhattan from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.


      Hunger Action's focus for the coming year will be addressing the growing problem of income inequality in New York. Hunger Action has been campaigning the last two years for a hike in the state minimum wage. It is calling upon Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Governor Cuomo to make sure that a hike is approved as part of any post-election session of the state legislature.


      As part of its 30th anniversary event, Hunger Action Network will honor five long time champions of the effort to end hunger and promote community food security:


      · Bill DiFazio, a long-time HANNYS board member, educator /writer on poverty and economic justice, and former board member of St. John's Bread and Life;

      · Doreen Wohl and the West Side Campaign Against Hunger. More than 30 years old, WSCAH feeds more people than any other pantry in the city while promoting innovations such as nutrition quality, client choice and public policy advocacy;

      · Welfare Rights Initiative has been an effective voice for welfare participants and their rights, especially on access to education;

      · Brooklyn Food Coalition in a short period of time has mobilized thousands of local residents on food policy, local food and improving school meals;

      · United Food Commercial Workers Union (District 1500) has assisted HANNYS' work on food stamp outreach while being a leader on food policy / deserts, minimum wage and worker rights.


      Helping to recognize the honorees will be Frances Fox Piven, Stanley Aronowitz, Bich Ha Pham, Sen. Liz Kruger and Heidi Siegfried.


      Hunger Action Network was started in 1982 by emergency food programs and food banks to be the voice of the anti-hunger movement in New York. From day one it has combined the goal of working to help feed people today (e.g., increase funding for emergency food, stronger food stamp programs, more community gardens) while promoting long-term solutions such as universal health care, living wage jobs and affordable housing.


      Hunger Action Network has been instrumental in raising state funding for emergency food to $29 million a year. It also led the recent successful effort to raise the basic welfare grant, and has been active on campaigns such as raising the state minimum wage, promoting living wage jobs, enacting a state single payer health care system, and extending the millionaires tax. It recently help start three low-income Community Supported Agriculture projects in NYC and been coordinating citywide efforts to renew the federal Farm Bill with more emphasis on local, healthy foods.


      Honoring the Cream of the Crop: 30 Years of Fighting to End Hunger will include light refreshments from local purveyors and chefs including Mary Cleaver, Liz Neumark, Hawthorne Valley Farms, Chef Michael Ennes and many others, as well as New York State wines and micro brew. For a list of sponsors for the event, see www.hungeractionnys.org.


      The suggested ticket price for the event is $75. Nonprofits can make any reasonable donation. Tickets can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/PdYWUb. Or call 212 741-8192 xt 5#. Or send a check to HANNYS, 64 Fulton St., #801, NY NY 10038. www.hungeractionnys.org.