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QUAGLIONE CALLS MAYOR’S PROPOSED CUTS TO FOOD BANKS UNACCEPTABLE

For Immediate Release Tuesday, February 7, 2017

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE CALLS MAYOR’S PROPOSED CUTS TO FOOD BANKS UNACCEPTABLE

Brooklyn – A long time supporter of local Brooklyn food pantries, and New York City Council candidate in Brooklyn’s 43rd District, today has issued the following statement regarding the future of City funding of food pantries and soup kitchens:

“I commend the Food Bank for New York City for sounding an alarm today to the fact that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed budget seeks to cut $4.9 million from the City’s Emergency Food Assistance Program. In this climate of need, and increased homelessness in our City, it is unacceptable that this is a budget target of the Mayor this year.

As the cost of living continues to rise, more and more families look to food pantries to help them fill their kitchen cabinets and put food on their table. I hope that the City Council will stand up to the Mayor on behalf of those who will truly feel the impact of a downsizing of this magnitude. Our City should be doing more, not less, to end hunger in our City. I encourage people to join me in making our voices heard, on behalf of those who need food, one of the most basic of life's necessities."

The 43rd City Council District has a Meal Gap "Yellow" classification by the Food Bank of NYC. This rating signifies that in 2016, 3.6-4.3 million meals were missed by struggling families and individuals.

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