Take Action Today to Put More Local Food on the Plates of New York Kids

Samantha Levy

Right now, advocates are in Albany urging the State Legislature to support the recommendations of New York Food for New York Kids, a coalition of nearly 70 organizations and stakeholders that support Governor Cuomo's "No Student Goes Hungry" Proposal.

But we need your help too. We're asking our friends and supporters to join us today in encouraging their representatives to support funding to serve our kids healthy, New York-grown food in local schools.

The time to act is now.

This year, we have an unprecedented opportunity to put more schools on the path to purchasing and serving fresh, healthy, local food to our children. Governor Cuomo has proposed $10 million in the State Budget to quadruple the current school meal reimbursement to 25 cents for schools purchasing 30 percent of their ingredients from New York farms. He has also proposed to double the state's investment in Farm to School grants to $1.5 million.

This is a historic opportunity. In order to make it happen, your representatives need to hear from you! 

Click here to contact your reps and tell them why it’s important for our children to eat fresh, healthy food grown on New York farms while they’re in school!

Your voice matters! Take two minutes and follow your email with a phone call.

Not sure who to call? Find your NYS Assembly and Senate representatives.

Sample Script: "Hello, my name is [your name] and I’m a constituent in your district. I'm calling to urge you to include $10 million in this state budget to help incentivize K-12 schools to buy local food for school meals, and $1.5 million to help schools start and grow farm to school programs. Farm to school is good for our children's health, good for farmers, and good for the state's economy. Thank you for your time and attention."

Contact your state representatives today to be sure that this historic opportunity to influence the health of our children, farms and rural communities does not pass us by! 

Are you active on social media? Help us spread the word on Facebook and Twitter by using the #NYFood4NYKids hashtag.