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I LOVE N.Y. RESTAURANTS: Fund Small Businesses to Prep Meals for Neighbors in Need

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In February, President Biden issued an executive order that makes it possible to fund local restaurants to prep meals for those who need it most. Similar to the FEED Act, the order allows state and city governments to apply to FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) for millions of dollars that will both:

1) provide a line of support for struggling restaurants, and
2) address unprecedented rates of food insecurity nationwide.

We’re calling on Gov. Cuomo to commit at least $25 million in this year’s state budget to create the “I LOVE N.Y. RESTAURANTS” program. The funding will be fully reimbursed from FEMA to New York State. "I LOVE N.Y. RESTAURANTS" will allow local restaurants to apply for funding, then prepare tasty and culturally appropriate meals for those who need it most in our communities.

Current legislators supporting the plan include: Assemblymembers Robert Rodriguez, Harry Bronson, Marianne Buttenschon, Catalina Cruz, Emily Gallagher, Carmen de la Rosa, Charles Fall, Angelo Morinello, Daniel O'Donnell, Victor Pichardo, Madeline Seawright, Gina Silliti and Steve Stern. Tell your state representatives to sign on, too! And add your name below in support.

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