Last night, the West Side Campaign Against Hunger honored Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum at its 30th Anniversary Dinner. Gotbaum said:
The West Side Campaign Against Hunger does so much more than just provide food to those who need it. Your cooking and wellness programs, and the counseling you do to promote self-reliance, goes a long way toward preserving your clients' dignity. It's a great example of providing a hand up rather than a hand out.
the application to just 4 pages, we got offices to extend their hours so working New Yorkers could go after work or on weekends, and through a community-program and with private money I raised through the Fund for Public Advocacy, we enrolled 77,000 New Yorkers in the Food Stamp program. The federal money that comes in through the food stamp program not only helps feed hungry New Yorkers, but it also benefits the local economy.
But too many New Yorkers remain hungry. I know, because they continue to call my office.