The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 authorized the payment of P-EBT food benefits, to cover the cost of missed school meals while students were learning from home in spring 2020. In New York, the State is administering the $420 P-EBT food benefit across the state to around 2.1 million children who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. In NYC, all 1.1 million public school students will receive this benefit because NYC provides free school meals for all students. More information about P-EBT can be found here.
Community Food Advocates (CFA) is a nonprofit organization that has been fighting poverty and hunger in NYC for ten years. Access to nutritious food is a basic income and food equity issue and is essential to the quality of life of all New Yorkers. To that end they use advocacy, organizing, and coalition building grounded in solid policy and budget analysis to improve New Yorkers’ access to food. Click here to learn more about CFA.