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NY Food Banks Ask State For $16 Million As Need Rises

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York State's food banks are asking state leaders for $16 million to address a worsening hunger problem.

Michael Berg, director of Family of Woodstock, said Monday requests for food are up 20 percent each year for the last few years. Meanwhile, a coalition of 53 food pantries in the Albany area reports the highest demand in its 36-year history.

Hunger Action Network director Susan Zimet said the $16 million request is small considering the state has billions of dollars in uncommitted money to spend.

Zimet said most people in need of help are employed, but struggling to make ends meet.

She says she hopes lawmakers act before they adjourn later this month.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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