Santabarbara Joins The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York to Tackle Food Insecurity

New York State is falling behind in addressing the needs of our communities; 2.2 million New Yorkers are considered food insecure, including more than one in seven children. With the removal of Covid-era benefits and the effects of inflation, NYS Community Food Providers (food pantries and soup kitchens) are seeing continued increases in service levels.

In fact, food insecurity is growing faster in NYS than it is nationwide. From 2021 to 2023, 87% more New Yorkers did not have enough to eat in a one-week period, compared to only 35% more people nationwide, according to the U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey. NYS must act now.

WHAT The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York and its members are marching to the NYS Capitol to call on the state to support nutrition security and frontline community food providers.
WHEN Wednesday, January 10, 2024
11:00 am
WHERE New York State Capitol Building
Million Dollar Staircase
State St. and, Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12224
WHO The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York is a member-driven statewide coalition of frontline community food providers (like food pantries and soup kitchens). With organizations in 23 counties across the state and growing, our members are working collectively to end hunger.


  • Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Member of Schenectady County Food Council Steering Committee
  • Natasha Pernicka, Executive Director, The Alliance for a Hunger Free New York
  • Amaury Tañón-Santos, Executive Director/CEO, Schenectady Community Ministries Sayre Paradiso, Chair, Tompkins County Food Distribution NetworkSylvester Doyer, Chair of the Downtown Schenectady Community Breakfast Program
  • Rev. Dustin Longmire, Pastor, Messiah Lutheran Church, & Executive Director, The Rotterdam Community Center
  • Fred Boehrer, Executive Director, FOCUS Churches of Albany
  • Victor Russak, Food as Medicine Program Coordinator, The Food Pantries of the Capital District