Food Banks Say N.Y. State is Dropping Ball on Hunger Crisis

The state of New York is failing to address a growing hunger crisis affecting seniors, veterans and children around the state, according to the managers of food banks and pantries that gathered Wednesday at the Capitol in Albany.

The group is asking lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to approve $16.5 million more for the state’s Hunger Prevention and NutritionAssistance Program, an amount that they say amounts to a pittance when put in context of a $145 billion state budget.